To Colonel Timothy Pickering
[New Windsor, New York, February 9, 1781]
The General has anticipated the subject of your letter of this day,1 by ordering the greater part of the Jersey troops to Morris Town to occupy the huts there.
He nevertheless continues in the desire that that place may not be the depositary of any large quantity of stores.
The situation of the two artificers2 can only be pitied not redressed. The families of men in the service cannot be the object of military provision, and it will be impossible to discriminate. This is the General’s sentiment and has governed in all former applications of the same kind.
Sincerely Dr Sir Yr. Obed Serv
A Hamilton Aide De Camp
ALS, Lloyd W. Smith Collection, Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, New Jersey.
1. Pickering’s letter to Washington is in the George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.