George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Timothy Pickering, 17 August 1783

Head Quarters Newburgh August 17. 1783


I have been greatly disappointed in not seeing you before my departure from this place—in consequence of your absence I have been obliged to send one of your Assists to the Northward to make provision for garrisoning the Western Posts—as that business could be delayed no longer—I need not say how much more satisfactory it would have been that the execution of this important business should have gone thro’ the head of the Department in the first instance.

On your arrival I must desire you will instantly attend to all the Arrangements which may come within the sphere of your Department and that you will either go to the Northward yourself or give more particular Instructions and press the completion of the preparations with the greatest earnestness, as well knowing the Posts in question will be very much injured if not totally demolished unless we are ready to occupy them at the earliest possible period after they shall be evacuated by the British.

I omitted in my former Letters to enumerate specifically all the smaller Articles that may be wanted—such as Garrison Flags for three Posts—Orderly and Company books—Stationary and many other things will undoubtedly occur to you—and should be provided accordingly. I am Sir Your most Obedient Servant

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DNA: RG 93—Manuscript File.

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