George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General William Heath, 2 September 1780

To Major General William Heath

Head Quarters Bergen County 2d Sepr 1780

Dear Sir

I have recd your favors of the 25th and 28th ulto. The State of Rhode Island were called upon for a considerable monthly supply of Forage, and as they acceded to the requisition, I should have hoped you would have obtained a sufficiency for the small continental force under your command, without any difficulty.1 An application to the state, founded on the above, is the best measure I can recommend, as I have it not in my power to furnish the proper department with the means of purchasing. Fuel was no part of the requisition from the States, and the Quarter Master must therefore endeavour to get credit for the Wood standing. If he can effect that, the cutting and transportation may be done by the troops with the public Boats.2

We have nothing new of any importance—A considerable number of Vessels have been falling down to the Hook these two days past. They are said to be transports returning to Europe with the invalids of the Army.3 I am with great Regard Dear Sir Yr most obt Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, MHi: Heath Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Heath replied to GW on 6 September.

2Heath wrote Ephraim Bowen, Jr., deputy quartermaster general, from Newport on 4 and 9 Sept. to obtain wood (MHi: Heath Papers).

3See David Forman to GW, 1 Sept., and n.1 to that document.

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