George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Hodgdon, 28 April 1779

From Samuel Hodgdon

Pluckemin [N.J.]
April 28 1779

May it please Your Excellency

Captn Winder calls on me with a Letter from Mr Henry inclosing an Invoice and receipt for sundry Military Stores delivered Captn Winder for the use of the First Maryland Brigade, and requests that I would take the Brigade Quarter Masters receipts & charge them to the Brig[ad]e and forward him my rect to Cancel Captn Winders. as this mode is entirely new, and for several reasons unexceptionable, I did not chuse to make a precident, I therefore waited on General Knox for advice and direction he was of opinion that I ought not to do it without a positive order from your Excellency these are the reasons Sir, that gave Birth to the reference.1 With respect and esteem I am Yours &c.

Samuel Hodgdon F.C.M.S.

LB, DNA: RG 93, War Department.

Samuel Hodgdon (1745–1824) of Philadelphia, a close associate of Brig. Gen. Henry Knox, had been serving since 1777 as the principal field commissary of military stores. The Board of War appointed him deputy commissary general of military stores in February 1780, and in July 1781 he was appointed commissary general of military stores, a post he held until June 1784. Hodgdon would serve as quartermaster general of the U.S. Army, 1791–92, and he was U.S. superintendent of military stores, 1794–1800.

1No reply to this letter has been found.

Index Entries