George Washington Papers

General Orders, 5 January 1779

General Orders

Head-Quarters Middle-Brook [N.J.] January 5th 1779.

Parole IretonC. Signs Iller Ill.

As passing over Rye and Wheat Fields will prove very prejudicial to the inhabitants and ruin their crops, all officers are called upon to prevent as far as possible such pernicious practices and bring to condign punishment such as transgress.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

Congressman Samuel Holten wrote in his diary on this date that “Genl. Washington invited congress to dine with him at the city tavern & we dined with him accordingly” (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 , 11:417).

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