George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General William Heath, 29 October 1778

To Major General William Heath

Head Quarters [Fredericksburg] 29th Octor 1778

Dr Sir,

I last evening received your favor of the 25th copy of which I have transmitted to Congress to show them the state of your Magazines1—The want of Flour every where opens really a distressing prospect—It is much to be feared we shall find the greatest possible difficulty in supplying the demands for that article through the Winter.

I inclose you the copy of a Resolve of Congress of the 22d instant, which came to hand Yesterday.2 I am Dr Sir With the greatest regard & esteem Your most Obet Servant

Go: Washington

LS, in Richard Kidder Meade’s writing, MHi: Heath Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. GW franked the addressed cover of the LS. Heath replied to this letter on 7 Nov. (DLC:GW).

2A copy of this resolution of 22 Oct. ordering Horatio Gates to take command of the eastern department had been enclosed in Henry Laurens’s letter to GW of 23 Oct.; see also 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 , 12:1038.

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