George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jeremiah Wadsworth, 4 June 1779

To Jeremiah Wadsworth

Morris Town [N.J.] June 4th 1779

Dr Sir,

I inclose you the copy of a letter which I have this moment written to Mr Champion,1 that you may know what is done and make correspondent arrangements. Necessity seems to demand this measure. If your presence at this time is not essential at Philadelphia it will be infinitely useful with the Army.2 We have much to apprehend on the score of supplies—The crisis requires your utmost influence and exertion. I am with great regard Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt ser.

G. W——

Df, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1This enclosed copy has not been found, but see GW to Henry Champion, Sr., this date.

2At this place on the draft manuscript, Hamilton first wrote “here.” He then struck out that word and wrote “with the Army” above the line.

A letter from Wadsworth to the Board of Treasury had upset government officials and dismayed Q.M. Gen. Nathanael Greene, who earlier had requested his return (see Greene to Wadsworth, 14 May, in Greene Papers, description begins Richard K. Showman et al., eds. The Papers of General Nathanael Greene. 13 vols. Chapel Hill, N.C., 1976–2005. description ends 4:29–30).

In a letter of 5 June to John Jay, president of Congress, Wadsworth tendered his resignation as commissary general of purchases, noting “this I shou’d not have done at this critical season if I had any prospect of feeding the Army” (DNA: PCC, item 78). Congress denied Wadsworth’s request (see 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 14:695, and Jay to Wadsworth, 8 June, in 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 13:36). Wadsworth reached Smiths Clove, N.Y., by 12 June, on which date he wrote Jay in a letter that in part reads: “I shall continue to execute my Office this Campaign; but my Exertions however great will not be sufficient to furnish the supplies without the particular support and attention of Congress” (DNA:PCC, item 78).

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