George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Ephraim Blaine, 25 February 1780

From Ephraim Blaine

Boston 25th Feby 1780

Please your Excellency

I have not meet with the success I had reason to expect in Conectticutt the Governor and Assembly have not taken up the recommendation of Congress in Nominating or appointing a deputy Commissary to execute the purchases of their state1—doubting it wou’d be Giving them Exstroardonary trouble and the disapointment their agent might meet with in not receiving money to discharge his purchases and Contracts—the treasurer has also Paid out the Continental money for state and Other purposes which has deprived me of the payment of a Million and a half of dollars which I had an order on the Treasurer for. this is a very considerable disapointment of which I have informd Congress also my doubts of supplies shoud the[y] fail in furnishing me with money2—I find this country capable of affording large Supplies of beef cattle (but prices exceedingly high) and if Congress adopt a proper plann and demand such supplies as each State can afford, and furnish me with money to Keep a Temporary supply in the magazines till their new systum is properly set on foot—your Excellency need have little doubts respecting provisions—and be assured of my greatest exertions and every posible Attention to perform every part within the compass of my power—I delivered your letters to Major Talmage which he promised to Acknowledge by first Oppertunity.3 Have the honor to be with all due respect—Your Excellency’s Most Obdt and Most Hble Servt

Eph. Blaine C.G.P.

ALS, DLC:GW; copy (extract), enclosed in GW to Samuel Huntington, 17 March, DNA:PCC, item 152; copy (extract), DNA:PCC, item 169.

1Blaine had recommended to Congress that the commissary general of purchases should have an agent in each state to superintend the state purchasers (see Blaine to Huntington, 5 Jan., in DNA:PCC, item 165). But Congress had taken no action on the recommendation. The Connecticut delegates had given Blaine a letter to carry to Connecticut governor Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., emphasizing the need for the state to forward supplies to the army (see 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 14:373–74).

2Blaine’s letter to Huntington, dated this date, is in DNA:PCC, item 165. Blaine informed Huntington that the cattle he could send from Connecticut to Morristown, along with the beef on hand at camp, would supply the army until 1 April.

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