George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Heath, 27 February 1781

West point Feb. 27 1781

Dear General,

The enclosed came to hand the last night—it is without date, but I apprehend was written yesterday morning. I expect Major Maxwell up to day.

Many of the arms and accoutrements turned into the store by the discharged soldiers want repair, especially the latter. I am inform’d it has been the practice to send them to Albany; but this is attended with much trouble, and considerable expence. Would it not be much better to have them repaired here?

Unless a supply of writing paper can be obtained, business must stop. The officers have been obliged to cut up nearly all the company—books—And for myself, I must cease writing, to morrow or next day. I would not represent this to your Excellency, were it not that it has been represented everywhere else, and the answers afford no prospect of relief. I have the honor to be, With the greatest respect Your Excellency’s Most obedient servant

W. Heath

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


26 February 1781

Dear General,

I have this moment received advice which I beleive may be depended on, that Genl Arnold is fairly surrounded in Virginia, & has sent to New York for a Regiment which is now embarking. I am, Sir, with the greatest respect Yr most obed. Serv.

Hugh Maxwell

Majr 2 M. Regt

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