George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Carpenter Wharton, 29 January 1777

From Carpenter Wharton

Philada Jany 29th 1777


I beg leave to present your Excellency with three Barrells of cornd Beef, & one Bbl Jamaica Spirits, which I flatter myself your Excellency will please to accept.

In compliance to your instructions for the filling of Magazines to the Westard in this province, I have the happiness to inform you that I have this Day receivd a letter from my Deputy, who I have appointed to execute that Business, wheren he informs me that in the course of a few Days, all the flour & Liquors, that will be necessary for the number of Men, you were pleasd to order me to provide for, will be compleated & lodgd in proper Store Houses.1

I am likewise to inform your Excellency that I have four thousand Barrells Beef & Pork lodgd in this City, & at Newtown in Bucks County, Christiana Bridge, Wilmington & the Head of Elk. I shall be extreemly happy in receiving your Excellencys Orders whether you would have a Magazine of Provisions fixd at Newtown, or if it would not be more proper to have all the provision movd from thence to the Magazines, which I am filling about thirteen Miles from this City on the Lancaster Road, as it will take but two Days to remove it from thence to Corryells Ferry. I shall immediately order all the Salt provision I have in New Castle County to Lancaster to be there stored as soon as the Roads are passible. I have appointed Commissarys on the Roads leading from the Southern States to this, by which I trust the Troops will be properly taken care of.

Genl Gates has desird me to inform you that he thinks it would be requisite, for a Magazine to be fixd at Winchester in Virginia, If your Excellency should think it proper to have one there, shall be happy in Executing your Orders. I am with due Respect your Excellencies most Obet Hume Servant

Carpenter Wharton


1For GW’s instructions to establish magazines of provisions in Pennsylvania, see GW to Wharton, 21 Dec. 1776. Wharton’s letter to his deputy has not been identified.

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