George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General William Heath, 18 June 1778

From Major General William Heath

Head Quarters Boston June 18th 1778

Dear Genl

This will be presented by Mr [ ] Torrey whom I have in Consequence of Directions from the Board of war Some Time Since received nominated as a director to a Company of Bakers which I was to raise and Send on to the army,1 notwithstanding the Encouragment to the Bakers is Handsome yet it is Small when Compared with the Bounties given by the respective Towns to men to Compleat their Quotas Some of them giving five & Six Hundred Dollars, and many Bakers have taken the advantage of it. I have nominated but one Subdirector Thinking it best not to Engage all the Officers Untill there was a better prospect of obtaining the men, I have wrote the Board of war a State of the Company, and that Such as were Engaged had marchd for the army,2 I think Mr Torrey will render essential Service—he has one Baker for the makeing of Rolls perhaps equal to any in america and may be very servicable in that way to your Excellency and the General officers. I have the Honor to be with great respect your Excellencys most obt Servt

W. Heath

ADfS, MHi: Heath Papers. The letter is docketed 19 June.

1For Congress’s instructions on the creation of a company of bakers, 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 , 10:206. John Torrey of Massachusetts served as director of the company of bakers from October to December of 1778 and served at other times as director of companies of artificers and carpenters.

2Heath’s letter of this date to the Board of War is in MHi: Heath Papers.

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