George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Hancock, 19 January 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor Janry 19th 1781

Dear Sir

I should not trouble Your Excellency, with such reiterated applications on the score of supplies, if any objects less than the safety of the Posts on this River, and indeed the existence of the Army, were at Stake.By the enclosed Extracts of a Letter of Yesterday from Major General Heath, you will see our present situation, and future prospects.

If therefore the supply of Beef Cattle demanded by the Requisitions of Congress from Your State is not regularly forwarded to the Army, I cannot consider myself as responsible for the Maintenance of the Garrisons below, or the continuance of a single Regiment in the Field. I have the honor to be With great esteem & respect Your Excellencys Most Obedt Servant

Go: Washington


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