To Colonel Henry Jackson1
[Valley Forge, June 9, 1778]
His Excellency desires you will put a stop, by every mean in your power to the above practice. Any officer who shall be found impressing this man’s horses without proper authority will be most severely dealt with.
I am Sir Yr. Most Obedt
A Hamilton Aide De Camp
June 9th. 1778
ALS, Coburn Library, Colorado College, Colorado Springs.
1. No addressee is given in the MS, but this letter was presumably addressed to Colonel Henry Jackson, who at the time was in command at “the Gulph” or “Gulph Mills,” the present site of West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
H’s letter is written at the bottom of the same page on which is written a petition by John Johnston to Washington. Johnston describes himself as a farmer “of Upper Merion near the Gulph Mills.” In his petition Johnston wrote: “… the Guards at the Gulph or Some of them make a Common Practice of taking my horses out of the Gears from me, & riding them about two or three days, & never less than One day & night, by which Severe hard usage my horse are not able to Do my own Work; neither can I keep them one Whole day together at home.”