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I removed the Baggage to Howells Tavern 4½ miles from the Warren Tavern & there waited for orders but before any came by a direct Line part of the Artillery of the Park under Lt Colonel Strobach came on that road without knowing which rout to pursue but an Express arriving a few minutes after from Colo: Lutterloh D. Q. M. G. with a Verbal Order from him to send the Provisions & Rum for the...
On a Review of the Waggon horses belonging to the united States and those impressed or on hire in service with the Army, such numbers have been found unfit for Service that the Army will not only suffer for want of an immediate Supply of Provision, & forage but those horses belonging to the States now will be unfit for Service on the Opening of the Campaign—A number of private Teams have been...
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 9 Dec. 1779 . GW wrote Samuel Huntington on 10–11 Dec.: “I would take the liberty to inclose a copy of a Letter of the 9th from Colo. Biddle.”
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 23 Dec. 1779 . GW wrote Biddle on this date: “I have received your favour of this date.”
From my constant Attendance on the Duties of my Offices in Camp, I have been prevented from bringing the extensive accounts of the business which I have transacted to a settlement, altho’ I have sent them to be lodged at Philadelphia to be ready for the purpose when I should be called on by the Treasury board—They could not be completed til I could pay some further Attention to them, than was...
As the Forage to be furnish’d by the different States will be wanted for the use of the Army and should be hastend to such points as it may most probably be consumed at, it will be necessary to apply to the executive Authority of the States of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania, not only to hasten the delivery of the Forage at the places name’d by your Excellency, but to give their...
The Opinion you are pleased to entertain of my past Service and my Capacity to be of further use, in Case of active Operations, does me the highest honour. I should not have proposed to retire if the Situation of my Accounts had not required my Attention to settling them, but the prospect of such a happy Event as the receiving powerful Aid from France to Co operate with us, will make it...
I have applied to the Justices & to the Contractor appointed by the State for this County, to furnish pasturage and meadow Grounds for Cuting Grass in the Vicinity of the Army to subsist the horses, but I have received very little Assistance from them altho’ the Forage Masters have attended on them for many Days for the purpose. The Justices now declare to me that they cannot subsist the...
The sufferings of our horses were realy alarming and I delay’d applying to your Excellency for a warrant to impress Grass, hay & pasturage until I found that they could not be supported by the Justices or Contractors in the way pointed out by the laws, and that the horses must perish or the inclosures of the Farmers be broke into without Authority or regulation—these Circumstances induced me...
Your warrant of 11th instt for impressing Forage has expired and in Case it should be necessary for the Army to Continue at this Ground it will not only be necessary to extend the Time for which the warrant was granted, but also the distance for impressing, as the Limits to which the last warrant was confined, cannot longer subsist the Army, but in Case you should approve of extending the...