George Washington Papers

From George Washington to James Wilkinson, 18 October 1779

To James Wilkinson

Head Quarters West Point 18th Octobr 1779


By a letter from Colo. Brodhead of the 16 Sept. I find that the troops at Fort Pitt were then much distressed for Cloathing and before a supply can possibly reach them they must be much more so: To releive them as soon as possible, be pleased to send up a quantity agreeable to the inclosed Return which is the last I have recd from the Westward.1 It is possible that Colo. Brodhead may have made the foregoing requisition thro’ the Board of War and that measures may have been already taken to forward the supplies, if not, you will be pleased to lose no time in the execution of the Business.2 I am &c.

Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1This return has not been identified.

2Col. Daniel Brodhead had written to the Board of War on 23 Sept. (see GW to the Board of War, this date, n.3). Wilkinson replied on 9 Nov. promising that he would see that the supplies ordered by the Board of War for Brodhead’s troops were shipped in three or four days (DLC:GW).

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