George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General William Heath, 1 June 1777

To Major General William Heath

Head Quarters Middle Brook June 1st 1777

Dear Sir

I have your favour of the 19th May. General De Coudrée arrived here last night, and set off this morning for Philadelphia. What his engagements with Mr Dean are, I cannot say; but as he is represented to be1 a Gentleman of great ability in his profession, I dare say his expectations are high. Congress will undoubtedly make a genteel and honorable provision for him; but I hope it may be done, in such a manner, as not to give disgust to any of the general officers in our army.

I am glad to hear that you are removing the Military stores, and I think not only application, but direction should be given to the Deputy Commissaries to remove all their stores to places of safety. I do not really know where Sherburn is, but if there is the least danger, the large Magazine of salt should be first removed, as the most valuable article, and the others afterwards. Applications of this kind should be made directly to the Commissary General, or the person acting by authority under him. In mine of the 24th of last month you will find my directions about having guards of Militia for the stores. I am Dear Sir Your most Obed. servant

Go: Washington

LS, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, MHi: Heath Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Hamilton addressed the cover of the LS to “The Honorable Major General Heath Boston,” and GW franked it.

1The draft reads: “is said to be.”

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