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From George Washington to Clement Biddle, 8 December 1779

To Clement Biddle

Head Quarters Morris town 8th Decemr 1779.

Dear Sir

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 want1—I shall issue a general order this day directing all superfluous Horses to be sent from Camp upon the terms mentioned in your letter to Genl Greene.2 I am &.

Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The LS of this letter with “signature missing, having been torn away,” was listed for sale in Parke-Bernet, Alexander Biddle Papers catalog, 1943, pt. 3, item 239.

1The enclosures have not been identified. For Biddle’s unfound reply to GW dated 9 Dec., see GW to Samuel Huntington, 10–11 December.

2Biddle’s letter to Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene has not been identified.

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