George Washington Papers

General Orders, 31 December 1778

General Orders

Head-Quarters Middle-Brook [N.J., Thursday]1 Decr 31st 1778

Parole Edward—C. Signs Edom Eske—

The Tents and Markees which are public property are to be delivered in to the Quarter-Master General’s Store as soon as the Officers and men are hutted; Likewise the tools which were delivered out for the purpose of building huts.

The Regimental Pay-Masters will make out returns of the Blankets wanting in their respective Regiments early tomorrow morning and deliver them to the Brigade Majors, who are to digest them into Brigade returns and deliver them in at Orderly time tomorrow.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

On this date the Spanish agent to the United States, Juan de Miralles, hosted an extravagant dinner in Philadelphia at the home of the French minister, Conrad-Alexandre Gérard. Congressman Samuel Holten recorded that “Mrs. Washington & 7 other ladies dined there, G.W. & about 40 other Gentln. of the first charactor dined with us, the entertainment was grand & elegant” (Smith, Letters of Delegates description begins Paul H. Smith et al., eds. Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774–1789. 26 vols. Washington, D.C., 1976–2000. description ends , 11:391).

1The copyist inadvertently wrote “Wednesday.”

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