George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Heath, 29 December 1780

Garrison West Point Decr 29th 1780

Dear General

The enclosed from Colonel Wesson & Capn Bonnell of Colonel Spencers regiment, were handed to me yesterday. I wish to know your Excellencys opinion concerning them.

Our situation grows every day more alarming with respect to provisions especially Flour; we had not the last evening one days allowance of the latter, at the Post. A small quantity it is said has arrived at Fish Kill Landing but the Boatmen decline comeing further down the river lest their Vessells should get frozen in here—we were obliged yesterday morning to break the ice from the Shore how it is this morning have not heard.

Colonel Hay in his last to me of the 21st instt observes—"Every exertion is makeing to collect flour, but the excessive badness of the roads is an almost insuperable bar to our getting any to the army"—If it could not be got to the river which was then free of ice, how are we to expect it brought here a much greater distance. I beg leave to submit to your Excellency, the necessity of the Q.M. Generals immediately calling on his Assistants for uncommon exertions in forwarding provisions from Ringwood, and every other Quarter, from whence they are to come; and that measures adequate to our necessities, and for the security of the Post, may be adopted for the transportation of any quantities of provisions that are collected, before the roads are rendered worse than they are at present; and not only the river in general but even the Ferries become impassible. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect your Excellencys most Obedient Servant

W. Heath

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