George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George Measam, 7 July 1779

From George Measam

Springfield [Mass.] July 7th 1779


In my Letter of yesterday1 I forgot to mention to your Excellency, that hearing by Accident there was a Commissary of Hides appointed at Albany, to Manufacter and exchange the public Leather into Shoes; I wrote him, to be informed how he was ordered to dispose of the shoes, and if he could furnish any for the Army under your immediate Command; to which he answered, that he has supplied the troops of that Department from time to time with Shoes & Boots, upon the General’s order; what General he means I cannot tell, but suppose he means Brig: General Clinton.2 And that he has furnished for the Expedition to the Westward upon General Clinton’s order 1998 pairs of Shoes. And that he has given orderes to have 500 pairs (which he had making upon Connecticut River) delivered to the order of Col. Hazen. By the tenor of his Letter it appears to me, that he has no regular orders given him how to dispose of the shoes. All which I judge essential your Excellency should be informed of, that an equal distribution of the Shoes may be ordered. He further informs me he expects more Shoes soon in exchange for Hides, from various parts of the Country, some as far up this river as Haverill, or Haverhill.3 I should be glad of a Line from your Excellency in consequence of this;4 it appears to me to be a Channe[l] by which the Army m[ay] have good supply under proper orders and regulation. I have the Honor to be, Sir, Your Excellency’s Most obedient and Most Humble Servt

Geo. Measam

P.S. I this day hear that the Enemy have landed in Connecticut and now possess the Town of New Haven. Should this place be their object, the most care possible shall be taken of the Stores under my direction; but I don’t learn yet, by any of their movemts it appears likely The reports of their Strength is various, from 3 to 7 thousand.5

ALS, DLC:GW. Measam wrote “$ Express” on the cover of his letter.

1Measam’s letter to GW of 6 July has not been found.

2This correspondence between Measam and the commissary of hides at Albany, N.Y., probably Moses Hatfield, has not been identified (see Board of War to GW, 3 Sept., DLC:GW).

3Measam is referring to Haverhill, New Hampshire.

4GW replied to Measam on 31 July.

5For the British raid on New Haven that began on 5 July and initiated attacks on the Connecticut coast over the next week, see GW to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., this date, source note, and Trumbull to GW, also this date.

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