George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Samuel Gray, 3 May 1777

To Samuel Gray

Morris Town 3rd May 1777.


Being unacquainted with the places proper for establishing magazines of Flour in Ulster and where that from the River should be removed, you will receive directions from Generals McDougall and Clinton upon the Subject, to whom I have written.1 I am Sir, &ca

G. Washington

N.B. This Letter has respect to one written by Mr Trumbull to Mr Gray, leaving the place where the Stores should be deposited with the General.2

Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The heading on the document reads: “To Mr Samuel Gray. A.C. Issues. Fishkill.”

Samuel Gray (1751–1836) of Windham, Conn., who was listed on 20 Jan. 1776 as a clerk and magazine keeper in the commissary general’s department, was at this time an assistant commissary of issues at Fishkill, N.Y. (see JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 4:387). Congress on 6 Aug. 1777 appointed Gray deputy commissary general of issues for the eastern department, and he served in that capacity until sometime after July 1780 (see ibid., 8:617; Joseph Trumbull to Henry Laurens, 27 Nov. 1777, DNA:PCC, item 78; and return of commissaries, 23 July 1780, DNA:PCC, item 39).

2This letter has not been identified.

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