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You are hereby authorized to impress all the Blankets, Shoes Stockings and other Articles of Clothing for the use of the Army, that can be spared by the Inhabitants in the Counties of Bucks Philada and Northampton, paying for the same at reasonable Rates, or give Certificates. Given at Camp near Potts Grove this 26th day of Septemr 1777. Df , in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW ; Varick...
As the Season advances when falling weather and the badness of Roads will be almost insurmountable obstacles to the transporting forage from any distance—you are without delay to form magazines for our winters Supply contiguous to the Rear of the Camp—and to take every favorable opportunity of keeping them amply furnished—so that even in case of a series of bad Weather there may be no...
Fredericksburg [ New York ] November 20, 1778 . Orders Biddle to impress forage for troops. LS , in writing of H, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Biddle was commissary general of forage.
I have received a Copy of Your Letter of the 27th Instant to Major General Greene, Quarter Master General upon the subject of forage. Your representation upon this head is very distressing and I scarcely know how to direct you upon the occasion. It is my wish that every possible respect should be paid in all cases to the Laws of this and every other State—and a sacred regard to the property of...
Whereas by the sudden Movement of the Army to winter quarters it will be difficult to procure the necessary Supplies of Forage, which by your representation Cannot be furnishd unless you are Authorised to impress the same, therefore you are hereby Authorised where Forage & pasture Cannot otherwise be procured, by yourself or Assistants & Forage Masters to impress the Necessary Forage for the...
Our prospects, with regard to Grain Forage, are so very alarming, that I think it incumbent upon me to transmit the substance of the Reports of your different deputies to Congress—You will therefore be pleased to furnish me with such Extracts from the inclosed, as relate directly to the scarcity of Forage and the means which seem principally to occasion the want —I shall issue a general order...
I have received your favour of this date, inclosing a Copy of Mr Blanes letter requesting you to furnish him, for the Commissaries department with a quantity of the Indian Corn laid in for the use of your own —Notwithstanding the loss of some horses as you observe may be the consequence of affording him the supply—the present distress of the Army for the want of flour is such, that I cannot...
I have received your favor of the 16th acquainting me with your having resigned the Office of Commissary General of Forage, and of the necessity which you are under of repairing to Philadelphia before the 1st of June to settle the accounts of the department—Justice to you induces me to express my intire approbation of your conduct, so far as it has come under my notice, in the particular line...
General Washington’s compliments to Colo. Biddle. He would have done himself the pleasure to have dined with the Colo. to day without the Ceremony of an Invitation in form, would his engagements have permitted. PHi : Washington-Biddle Correspondence.
From the opinion I entertained of your services I was sorry to hear in the first instance, when the matter was communicated to me, that you were about to leave the Army & had actually resigned your Commission to the Quarter Master General. An event is soon to take place which will still increase my concern on this head. We have every reason to expect that an Armament composed of Land & Sea...
I have received Your Letter of the 28th. The Honourable the Committee in a Circular Letter they have written to the States, have pressed them in the strongest terms, to furnish the supplies required of them by Congress, by their Act of the 25th of February; and the places for depositing the forage as well as other Articles, which had been agreed on had been communicated to them before, by...
If Forage within the vicinity of the Camp cannot be obtained by any other means than impress, the measure however disagreeable must be adopted—you will let me know to what limits the Warrant shall extend. The Forage Masters can only be assured that if they are sued in consequence of the execution of their duty, the public must bear them harmless—It is not in my power to stop the process of the...
To Clement Biddle Esquire Commissary General of Forage. From the representation that your have made to me, that the horses of the Army cannot be supported by the modes pointed out by Law & that it will be necessary to impress hay, Grass and Pasturage in the Vicinity of the encampments of the Armies, I am induced from the necessity of the Case to authorise you to impress hay, Grass and...
From the Representation you have made to me that the Army can not be furnishd with Forage on the present Emergency in the modes pointed out by Law, I am compel’d from the necessity of the Case to authorise you, and you are hereby Authorised, by Yourself, Deputy, Assistants & Forage Masters, to impress Pasturage, Grass hay & Oats, which may be requisite for the horses of the Army, when the same...
From the Representation you have made to me that the Army can not be furnished with Forage on the present Emergency in the modes pointed out by Law, I am compel’d from the necessity of the Case to authorise you, and you are hereby Authorised, by yourself, Deputy, Assistants & Forage Masters, to impress Pasturage, Grass hay & Oats, which may be Requiste for the horses of the Army, when the same...
From the representation you have made to me that the Army cannot be supplied with Forage in the modes pointed out by Law I am compel’d from the necessity of the Case to authorise you and you are hereby Authorised to impress hay, Grass, pasture & Oats sufficient for the Horses of the Army, when the same cannot otherwise be procured, provided that the same be taken within Miles of the...
To Clement Biddle Esqr. Commissary General of Forage. From the Representation that you have made to me that the horses of the Army cannot be Supplied in the modes pointed out by Law, I am Compelled from the necessity of the Case to authorise you to impress & you are hereby Authorized by yourself Deputy Assistants & Forage Masters to impress Forage necessary for the horses of the Army when the...
From the representation you have made to me that the Horses of the Army cannot be supplied in the modes pointed out by Law, I am compeld from the necessity of the case to Authorize you to impress and you are hereby Authorizd by your Deputy Assistants and Forage Masters to impress Forage necessary for the horses of the Army when the same cannot otherwise be procured, also the necessary...
General Greene has transmitted to me a Copy of your letter to him of this date, setting forth the embarrassment in which you find yourself by the operation of an Act of Congress of the 23d Augt which takes place this day—As it is impossible, under present circumstances, to suspend the Business of the Forage department untill Colo. Pickering, or the Gentleman appointed to succeed you, may...
The Representation which you have made to me of the impossibility of providing for the horses of the army in the modes pointed out by Law compells me to Authorise you and you are hereby Authorised by yourself, Deputy Assistants or Forage Masters to impress Forage and pasture necessary for the horses of the Army when the same cannot otherwise be procured, provided that the same be taken within...
It is reported to us, that, Goods in Phila. are now selling below the prime cost—or below what formerly was the prime cost of like articles in England. Should this be the case, of which none can judge better than your self, it would suit me very well to procure for my Family the following articles. 1000 Ells of German Oszabgs or Ticklinburg Sterlg—prime Cost 4 pr of Linn at abt 18d. 4 Do Do 2/6...
Your favor of the 28th of May in answer to my Letter of the 15th of the same Month, is at hand. I shall rely upon your care & attention for the purchase of the Articles mentioned in the lattr—those most wanted, & which are most essential to me are the Blankets & Ticklinburg for my Negros and these are not in immediate demand. Apropos, did I not when the Army was leaving the Cantonment of...
Upon my return from a Tour to the Northern & Western parts of this State I found your Letter of the 23d Ulto but not in time to give you an acknowledgement by the last Post, and to thank you for your attention to my Commission—I now do it—& by this opportunity have requested the Superintendent of Finance to repay you the Sums which you have advanced for my use; with a Commission thereon. but...
The last Post brought me your favor of the 17th. I am sorry Mr Morris did not pay the money at the time and in the manner I expected—Inclosed I send you Eight Hundred Dollars in Bank Notes, & will write to you more fully in a day or two; business prevents me from doing it at this moment. I am Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt Servt DLC : Papers of George Washington.
On the 20th of last month, I wrote you a few lines, & send therewith Eight hundred Dollars in Bank Notes, which (tho’ I have heard nothing from you since) I hope got safe to hand. Such articles of the Linen kind as yet remain unpurchased (of the Invoice transmitted to you the 15th of May last) I wish to have postponed ’till Mrs Washington comes to Philada, which will be in a few days, that she...
Gen: Washington’s Complimts to Colo. Biddle—Begs to know if the Vessel for Alexandria will Sail today—and whether Colo. Biddle has procured the Articles required. If more money is wanted Colo. Biddle will please to name the Sum—and the Genl would be glad to receive the Acct. PHi : Washington-Biddle Correspondence.
Be so good as to send me by the Post, or any other safe & expeditious conveyance, 70 Yards of livery lace three quarters, or Inch wide; or any width between—Direct it to the care of the Postmaster in Alexandria. The lace should be red & white. I will thank you also for sending me, if an oppertunity should offer soon by Water, one hundred weight, or even a Barrel of good Coffee. Pray forwd the...
On the 8th I wrote to you for 70 Yards of livery lace (red & white, 3/4 or Inch wide, or any width between) to be sent by the Post; or any other safe & expeditious conveyance. Lest that letter should have miscarried I repeat my request, as I am in immediate want of the article. I did, at the sametime desire that one hundd weight, or a Barrl of good Coffee might be sent me by the first Vessel...
On the 8th of last month I wrote to you for 70 yards of Livery Lace, of which I was in immediate want, and requested to have it sent by the Post to Alexandria—As there is some reason to believe the Post has hardly gone through, yet, I beg leave to repeat my want of it, & to pray it may be sent as soon as possible—The lace should be red & white, Inch, or 3/4 of an Inch wide, or any where...
Since last post I have received the Lace & two-pole chain, accompanied by your favors of the 22d & 29th ulto for which I thank you. From what you have written concerning the Sieves, it is to be feared I did not sufficiently explain myself in speaking to the sizes of the meshes —You say, “the largest is of iron wire, as there was none of brass so coarse in Town”—& again, “the second & third are...
You will do me a favr by executing the enclosed Memms. The reason why I had rather the wine (had of the Chevr de la Luzerne) should be paid for by a third person, shall be given to you when I see you. To send the articles wanted by the first Vessel bound to Alexandria, would be very convenient, & you wd do me a kindness to agree for, & express what the frieght shall be. I have suffered great...
As the oppertunity to Potomack will be good, I return the Box you sent me the other day, in order that it may go by the Ship Fortune with the other things—As my purchase of any of the sorts of Wine (enumerated in my letter of yesterday) will depend upon the price, which sometime ago I heard was incredibly low, you would oblige me, if you know the rates they are at present, by the information—I...
Rather than wait, & thereby hazard delay, I would purchase Copper at the present price for all the purposes mentioned in your estimate, the Spouts, or Trunks excepted—the want of these, as they do not retard the Work may remain a while longer. Pray let me have your Acct before Nine oclock, as I hope to set off soon after that hour & wish to pay the Balle before I go. I am Yr Obedt & affe Servt...
Your favor of the 10th Instt covering an Invoice of Goods shipped by the Betsey Captn Broadhurst is come safe to hand—the Vessel is also arrived at Alexandria; and I shall send up this day for the things—I wish the Mattrasses had all been among them as the Season is wasting fast in which they are most useful. I have perused the accts you have delivered in at sundry times and find the debits &...
The Mulatto fellow William who has been with me all the War is attached (married he says) to one of his own colour a free woman, who, during the War was also of my family—She has been in an infirm state of health for sometime, and I had conceived that the connection between them had ceased—but I am mistaken—they are both applying to me to get her here, and tho’ I never wished to see her more,...
Since my last to you, I have obtained from Baltimore (by means of Colo. Tilghman) a House-Joiner—and as the season for working in mortar will soon be over; & that of intermitants is approaching—I pray you to decline purchasing either the Joiner or Bricklayer formerly requested. I am Dr Sir &c. LB , DLC:GW . See Tench Tilghman to GW, 27 July , and GW to Biddle, 30 June 1784 .
I have not yet received a statement of my Acct with you. It would give me pleasure to have it at full length—and soon. I wish you would add to it 100 lbs. of fresh & good (red) clover seed, to be sent by the first vessel to Alexandria, as I should be glad to receive it before Ice may impede the navigation of this or Delaware river. I requested the favor of Mr Bourdinot (late president of...
In a letter of the 14th of Decr from Mr Boudinot (which only came to my hands by the last Post) he informs me that he should send Six bushls of the Orchard grass Seeds to your care, for my use. If this has been done, I pray you not to forego the first opportunity of forwarding it to me, as it ought to be sowed as soon as the ground can be prepared, which I am now getting in order for its...
The Writer of the inclosed letter, in person & character, is entirely unknown to me. I have been at a loss therefore to determine what notice to take of it—at length I concluded to write the answer which is also enclosed; and to request the favor of you to send it to him, or return it to me, as you should just best from the result of your enquiries; or from your own knowledge of the author, or...
I stand indebted to you for your several favors of the 7th of March, and 12th & 19th of April. Believe me, Sir, the first was not productive of more surprize than real concern. The acct of your failure was as much regretted, as it was unexpected by me; and I feel for the causes of it—and for your present situation. You are sensible that my Commissions have been more troublesome than profitable...
Your letter of the 5th. came duly to hand, and should have been acknowledged sooner, if it had been in my power, conveniently. I thank you for your attention to the Certificates which I committed to your care; and will obtain an order from Gilbert Simpson, by which the Interest may be received. This money is all I am likely to get for a Mill which he ran me to the Expence of £1200 hard money...
Your letter of the 8th came safely by last Post —I will, the first time I go to Alexandria, get an order from Colo. Hooe, Mr Hartshorne, or some other who has dealings in Philadelphia (for I have none, & know of no direct and safe opportunity of sending Money) to the amount of the Sum which you have lately paid on my Acct to Mr Boudinot. The inclosed is to Edward (I do not know his Surname)...
The man who at present lives with me in the capacity of a Housekeeper, or Household Steward, will leave me in a day or two; which (until his place can be supplied) will throw a great additional weight on Mrs Washington. I therefore beg, if you, or Mr Moyston, should have met with a person whom you think would answer my purposes (as described in my former letters) that you would engage him (or...
I have received your favor of the 29th Ulto and thank you for your repeated offer of Services in Philadelphia. By Major Fairlie I send you Six pounds Pensylvania Curry and would thank you to pay Mr Cary Printer for his Paper—and to pay Oswald for his—I know not upon what footing he sends them. by no order of mine do they come, and it is only now and then, I get one. yet I do not want to lay...
I embrace the good & safe oppertunity afforded me by Colo. Grayson to send you Ten half Johan[ne]s—the application of which shall be the subject of a Letter by the Post, when I have more leizure to write—not being able to mention the purposes for which they are intended at this time —With much truth I am Dr Sir Yr Obedt Hble Servt ALS , PHi : Washington-Biddle Correspondence. The letter was...
A hasty letter which I wrote to you by Colo. Grayson was accompanied with ten half Johans.—the application of which I informed you shd be directed in a subsequent letter. Let me now request the favour of you to send me the following articles if to be had. A pair of Boots, and two pair of Shoes, to be made by Mr Star (who has my measure) agreeably to the enclosed Memo. Young’s Six Months tour...
Your favors of the 19th of Feby & 16th & 19th March, are before me; And would have been acknowledged Sooner, had any thing material, occurred. The Clover Seed, Boots &c. came in Season; but I must take care to be earlier in my application another year, as the Expence of getting heavy articles from Baltimore by land, comes high; I was charged forty odd Shillings for the Transportation of those...
Enclosed is a copy of my last—It is so long since it was dispatched (without an acknowledgment of it) that I begin to fear some accident must happened, altho’ it was sent to the Post Office in Alexandria by a very safe hand. Should this be the case, I pray you to notify the Office of the loss of the Certificate which was enclosed, that neither principal nor interest may be paid to the bearer...
Majr Gibbes handed me your letter of the 24th ulto with the accounts enclosed. Necessity alone ought to compel me to loose the difference between £50:18.9 and 339 53/80 Dollars; because the last mentioned sum (but a very little while since) was, [(]if I recollect rightly) considered as the specie value of the Commissary’s Certificates for which it was issued by Mr Stelle, and was accordingly...
This letter serves to acknowledge the receipt of your favor of the 13th & to inform you that I have this day, sent a small box to Alexandria to go from thence by the Packet, or first conveyance to Philada to your address. It contains two window curtains which I pray you to get new dyed of the same color, green, & returned to me as soon as may be. I am obliged by your care of my letters; &...