From Jeremiah Wadsworth
New Windsor [N.Y.] Septr 1st 1779
inclosed is an Extract of a letter from Col. Blaine, in answer to my letter to him of the 17th Ultao enclosing a Copy of Your Letter of the 15th with an extract of General Sullivans requesting a further supply of Provisions.1 Your favour of the 29th Ultao came to me the first instant at Esopus, where I went to request the Aid of the Legislature of the State of New York in furnishing an imediate supply of flour which they readily promised.2 I shall transmit Col. Blaine a Copy of Your favour of the 29th Ultao with the extract from Genl Sullivans letter which was enclosed and repeat my Orders to have him amply supplied.3 I am Your Excellencys most Obt hume Servt
LB, CtHi: Jeremiah Wadsworth Papers.
1. The enclosed extract of a letter from Ephraim Blaine, deputy commissary general of purchases, has not been identified.
2. For Wadsworth’s meeting with a committee of the New York legislature and the action of the legislature in authorizing a supply of flour for the army, see Wadsworth to New York governor George Clinton, 5 Sept., and Clinton to Royal Flint, 6 Sept., in Hastings and Holden, Clinton Papers, description begins Hugh Hastings and J. A. Holden, eds. Public Papers of George Clinton, First Governor of New York, 1777–1795, 1801–1804. 10 vols. 1899–1914. Reprint. New York, 1973. description ends 5:265-66.
3. From New Windsor, Wadsworth on 2 Sept. wrote to Blaine in Philadelphia: “The foregoing letter from General Washington and the Extract from General Sullivan demand Your immediate attention—I request you will leave nothing to Chance, or run any risk of the Supplies but be sure to furnish them as nothing wou[l]d more distress me ⟨than⟩ to have any inattention or missconduct of my Department ly at Your door” (PHi: Chaloner and White Papers; see also CtHi: Jeremiah Wadsworth Papers [the text in angle brackets is taken from this LB]).