George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Heath, 20 April 1782

Highlands April 20. 1782.

Dear General,

Inclosed is a report of the committee appointed a few days since to survey the provisions which were represented to be bad, when the whole was overhauled. It appears by the report, that a part of that which was represented to be bad, is good; but it is in a state which will soon grow worse if it is not issued. That which is condemned will also grow worse the longer it remains—some of it is already nauseous, and the season is daily growing warmer. I had the honor to write your Excellency the 6th instant on the subject. The whole is submitted for your Excellency’s direction. I have the honor to be, With the highest respect, Your Excellency’s Most obedient servant,

W. Heath

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


South Redoubt April 20th 1782

We the Subscribers being appointed a Committee in Genl orders to Inspect into some Provisions at the Magazine at West Point and the several Redoubts in the vicinity thereof that was said to be damaged, do Report as follows Vizt.

Places where found No. Barrells Beef No. Barrells Pork No. Barrells Shadd Total No. Barrells
Good Bad Good Bad good Bad
At the Magazine 25 47 3 8 12 15 110
Fort Putnam 3 1 4
Redoubt No. 1 7 1 8
do No. 2 3 3 6
do No. 3 1 1
do No. 4 2 2
North Redoubt 16 16
South Redoubt 10 10
Total 25 89 4 8 13 18 157

The above provisions which we call bad we do adjudge unfit to be Issued. Vizt one hundred & fifteen Barrells in the whole bad.


James Keith Majr

James Morris Capt.

Saml Henley Captn

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