George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel David Henley, 25 November 1778

To Colonel David Henley

Head Quarters Fredericksbg [N.Y.]
25th Novemr 1778

Dear Sir

You will perceive by the inclosed1 that there is a quantity of provision below and West of Bedford which will be sold to or taken by the enemy except it is removed before the light troops f<all back—>You will therefore send out parties, agreeable to Mr Colts request, under good and careful Officers, who will be directed by Mr Leak of Bedford how and where they are to proceed.2 They are to take no more from the inhabitants than what they intended for sale, or what they can spare without distressing their families. Nothing is to be taken by way of plunder under any pretence whatever. The Commissary is either to pay or give proper Certificates for whatever he takes. I am Dear Sir Yr most obt Servt

Go: Washington

P.S. You will keep every thing in readiness for the detachments to join their Corps whenever they are ordered which will be in a few days.

LS (photocopy), in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. GW signed the cover of the LS. The text in angle brackets is taken from the draft.

1The enclosure, evidently a letter from Peter Colt, has not been identified.

2Philip Leak served from November 1777 until at least April 1779 as an assistant commissary of purchases in Westchester County, New York.

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