George Washington Papers

From David Humphreys to Timothy Pickering, 14 January 1781

Head Quarters Janry 14th 1781 9 OClock P.M.


I have laid Your Letter of this day before his Excellency, who directs me to inform You that he believes the Orders of Major Genl Heath to have originated from a request lately made, to have a full investigation into the issues of Provision at the several [Po]sts; but that this was not designed particularly for Your Department—Which may yet be put on such a footing in this particular as to give satisfaction in this Article.

Just after You left Head Quarters Yesterday the General received Letters from the Committee of Congress, advising that the Pennsylvanians were on their March to Trenton, and that an accomodation was likely to take place. He therefore thinks it will be best to have the Horses remain in their present places, as he expects in the course of the Night, or early tomorrow to receive such intelligence as will absolutely determine what line of conduct he is to pursue. I have the honor to be Sir Your Most Obedt Hble Servt

D. Humphrys

DNA: RG 93—Manuscript File.

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