George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Captain Richard Dodge, 19 August 1775

From Captain Richard Dodge

Chelsea [Mass.] August 19th 1775

May it please the General.

I have inclosed the Discoveries of the Day.1 I have no intelligence of importance. I would acquaint your Excellency that one of the Horses under our care for the use of the Province for want of Shewing is intirely unfit for Service he has been sent to Mr Munro the blacksmith who Shews the Province Horses but the Horse not being branded the Blacksmith refused to Shew him. I would beg of your Excellency to let me know what method I must pursue as to that matter. the other horse will soon be worn out if he is rode every Day.2 I remain your Excellency’s humble Servt

Richard Dodge Capt.

L, in Loammi Baldwin’s writing, DLC:GW. Endorsed in Joseph Reed’s writing “Col. Bald⟨win⟩ Aug. 19.”

1“A Return of the observations of the Day august 19” in Joseph Leach’s writing is in DLC:GW.

2Loammi Baldwin informed Horatio Gates of this problem on 16 Aug.: “One of the Express Horses we have here Suffers greatly for want of Shoeing I wrote and Order & Sent with the Horse to Mr Munrowes near Head Quarter in Cambridge, who refused to Shoe him because he was not Branded ⟨on⟩ the Hoof. Should be glad to be directed how I shall get him Shod” (DLC:GW).

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