George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Moore Furman, 30 July 1780

To Moore Furman

[Highlands, N.Y., 30 July 1780]


The present critical and important conjuncture requiring every possible effort to forward the Stores and provisions for the use of the army, and the present imbarrassment in the Quarter Master Generals department rendering it impracticable to procure competent means in the ordinary way;1 You are hereby authorized and impowered to impress as many teams in the State of New Jersey as you find necessary for the purpose above mentioned with respect to those articles which are under your direction. And in order that an adequate supply of forage may be had, you will provide by purchase impress or otherwise the quantity necessary, for which this shall be your warrant. Given at Head Quarters Robinson’s house, State of New-York—July 30th 1780.

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LS, in James McHenry’s writing, NjFrHi; Df, DLC:GW; copy, NjHi; copy, NN: William Livingston Papers; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. GW’s aide-de-camp Alexander Hamilton, who penned the draft, dated that document 31 July. The Varick transcript also is dated 31 July. The LS cover, which GW signed, is in NjP: Atkinson Autograph Collection.

The Committee at Headquarters also wrote Furman on this date suggesting that he impress transportation and forage to meet the needs of 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 , 15:522).

1For the disarray in the quartermaster general’s department, see GW to Samuel Huntington, this date.

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