George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Huntington, 2 June 1781

Philadelphia June 2. 1781


By the enclosed Order of Congress of the 29th Ulto, I am directed to lay before your Excellency the Letter of the 9th Ulto signed A. Fowler &c with the other Papers referred to, which are herewith enclosed.

Col. Broadhead is now in this City. The Complaints of the Inhabitants in the Vicinity of Pittsburgh respecting his Conduct are very great, and his with Respect to them are not small. It seems necessary that due Enquiry be speedily made respecting those Matters and in such Manner as that Justice may be done. I have the Honor to be, with very great Regard Your Excellency’s Most obedient & most humble Servant

Sam. Huntington President

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


c. April 1781

Personally appeard before me, one of the Justices for the County of Youghiogene & Commonwealth of Virginia, The Subscriber David Tait, a person to me well known & of good Repute, who being duly Sworn on the holy evangelist of Almighty God, deposeth & Saith, That When General Edward Hand made an Excursion into the Indian Country, a great Number of horse-Men Rendezvoused at Pittsburgh on that occasion Which Said horse Men during the time they halted at Pittsburgh were Allowed by the General, to draw Public Forrage. That Mr David Duncan Acted at this time at Pittsburgh as Purchaser, as well as Issuer of Forrage—And that he the Deponant Acted under him as Assistant Issuer of Forrage & was immediately under his Direction, and that he Received orders from the Said Duncan to Issue Six Quarts of Corn pr day to each horse; but that when he the deponant came to Post up his Orders & enter the Issues in his Book, that he then Receivd Orders from the Said Duncan to Charge Eight quarts instead of Six, which order he the deponant—being Young in office & an assistant to Said Duncan, thought it his duty to Comply with. This deponant further Disposes, that whilst he Acted as an Assistant to Mr David Duncan as Issuer of Forrage, Mr John Johnson a Clerk to the said Duncan, was employd in a Private Room for the Space of three or four days, Copying a Number of Receipts which the Said Duncan had taken as Vouchers for the Payment of Forrage & Counterfeiting the Names of the Signers to the New Receipts & destroying the Originals to which Transaction this deponent was an Eye Wittness & to which he hereunto Subscribes his Name.

David Tait

Sworn and Subscribed at Pittsburgh before me this   of April 1781 Edwd Ward


Pittsburgh 9th May 1781


[Beware] that Colonel Brodhead may attempt to injure our reputations, for thus doing our duty to ourselves and our Country, by detecting Publick Abuses, and Praying for a redress of Greivances by the removal of a Man from this Command, whom we cannot but consider as a Publick Nusance. We beg leave to declare to your Excellency, that our motives are pure and Disinterested, and that we have no Veiw but one in this Remonstrance—The prosperity of this Country, and the happiness of the Community. Therefore should Colonel Brodhead attempt to reflect on us for what we have done, or to throw any specious, or flimsey veil, over his Conduct, and Connections here, as represented in our remonstrance; we hope and wish an opportunity will be afforded us to confront him with such Evidence as will fully prove to your Excellency, to Congress, and to the World, that the Allegations we have set forth against him, are founded on the most stubborn Facts. We have the honor to be with the greatest veneration and respect, Sir, Your Most Obed. Hmble Servants

Devereux Smith A. Fowler
John Irwin Tho: Smallman

Robert Campbell

Edward Ward

The Original Depositions and other proofs which Accompanies the Remonstrance to the President & Council of the State of Penna we make no doubt will come before your Excellency & Congress. In the meantime we beg leave to trouble your Excellency with a Copy of one of them respecting the Conduct of [our] assistant Quarter Master.

Devereux Smith

A. Fowler

John Irwin

Edwd Ward

Tho: Smallman

Robert Campbell

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