George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General John Stark, 21 August 1778

From Brigadier General John Stark

Head Quarters [Albany] 21st August 1778.

Dear Sir,

I am under the disagreeable Necessity of complaining of the Qr Mr General, of this Department,1 altho I could Cincerely wish, never to be under such Necessity, it is not only myself but almost Every Person, that has Business with him has Reason to Complain, as he seems very unwilling [to] oblige any Person whatever, he has no Tents, neither can I learn as he tries to provide any, by which means Colo. Aldens Regiment is in a suffering Condition, not having above Seven Tents in the Regiment, and no probability of their wants being supplyed, the Militia at this Place has not half Camp Kettles enough for their use, and Informed by the Qr Mr that he has none for them.

The Troops at Otter Creek (our most Northern Frontier) has never been supplyed with Provisions, for more than five days before hand, and several times intirely out, and obliged to borrow Flour from the Inhabitants for their subsistance by the Negligence of the Qr Mr General.

I have (after several Applications for some kind of Grain for my Horses,) been informed that I can have none unless I advance hard Money for the same, and you are very Sensible that I receive no such Payment which renders me unable to support them, & I think it a very surprising affair, if the Continental Money will not purchase a Little Grain for some Horses, but I am fully of opinion that such like Gentleman, by offering hard Money, has been very Instrumental, in Reducing the Continental Money, to its present low State.

I must beg that if he cannot be removed or Reformed, that I may be recalled, and some other Officer sent (if any such there be) who can bear such Repeated insults. I am this Moment informed that part of the Troops has come from Otter Creek, for want of Provisions and Arrived at Bennington. I am Sir with great Respect—Your Most Obedient Very Humble Servt

John Stark.

Copy, NHi: James Duane Papers.

1Stark was referring to Morgan Lewis.

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