Garrison West Point Decr 13th 1780
On the receipt of the inclosed application from Mr Brooks, just before your arrival; I directed two Field Officers from the Massachusetts Line, & one from Connecticutt Line, to make the survey—The Officer from the Connecticutt Line was absent, the other two attended the service inclosed is their report.They inform me verbally that by cutting & putting the parts of garments together, some good ones might be made from the damaged Cloathing—as for instance—The forepart of a shirt & one sleeve may be good the other sleeve & back fit for nothing; parting the two & throwing away one half would make a good shirt—The same is the case with the other articles, whether it will be best to order the Clothier to have them overhawled & repaired, or sold, is submitted to your Excellencys determination.
Yesterday Colonel Hazen informed me, that fifteen Prisoners of war had made their escape from the Provost at Fish Kill, that it was supposed the Sentinels were bribed—The Sentinel & several of the guard are confined, in order to tryal—It is really very unaccountable, that so many Prisoners have, at one time & another, made their escape from that Provost—If our finances would admit of it, a better place of security I beleive is necessary—As soon as it was known that the Prisoners had escaped, notice was given to all the out Guards & Patroles if possible to apprehend them. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Your Excellencys Most Obedient Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
Newburgh Decr 4th 1780.
I am directed by the Clothier General to make sale of Sundry damaged Clothing that is in store to raise Some money for the difraying incidental Expences in the Department; and for that purpose to apply to you for two field Officers to examine and condemn such Articles as may be unfit for service. I beg therefor you will be kind enough to appoint two officers for the above purpose, & let them attend at my quarters as soon as may be convenient. I am, Sir, Very respectfully, your Most Obedt & Very humble Servt
Dep. Clo. Gen.
West Point 11th Decr 1780
Return of Damaged Cloathing in the Public Store at Newburgh December 8th 1780.
Fifty nine Coats
One hundred and thirty eight Vests
One hundred & six pr Woolen Breeches
Five hundred shirts
Fifteen pair Officers shoes
Four hundred and fifty seven pair common shoes
Five pair Morgusons
Ninety five pair Hose
Two hundred & eighty seven Linen Overhalls
Fifty Three pair Linen Gaiters
Three Hunting shirts
Fourteen pieces of Linen
Agreeable to General Orders of the 6th Inst. we the subscribers proceeded to New Burgh and found the above Articles of Cloathing damaged.
J. Greaton Coll
Nathl Winslow Majr