George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Samuel Huntington, 6 September 1780

To Samuel Huntington

Head Qrs near Hackinsack Bridge [N.J.] Septr 6th 1780


I had the honor to receive your Excellency’s Letters of the 24th & 28th Ulto, on the 1st & 2d Instt with the resolutions to which they refer. The latter have been announced to the Army in Orders—and I hope that they will quiet many of the complaints which have existed.1 I cannot forbear expressing my wishes for the sake of harmony, which our affairs essentially require, that the business of depreciation so far as it is not to be provided for by different States, could be a matter of speedy and general arrangement so as to shew at one view All the Parties who are to have their pay made good. For I would beg leave to observe that the mentioning of one part or class of the Army & postponing another, tho’ they should eventually be placed on the same footing, is the source of uneasiness and of apprehensions—that injurious discriminations may obtain; and it is said that All Officers and persons of every description who have constantly served for a fixed—and standing pay—which has not been encreased from time to time with the depreciation—stand upon the same principle and are entitled to the same consideration.2

I am sorry to inform Congress that our distresses for Meat still continue. The Army in genl have been entirely destitute for two or three days—and at most have not drawn more than one days supply in four or five. Such injury to the discipline of the Army—& such distresses to the Inhabitants, result from these frequent wants, that my feelings are hurt beyond description at the cries of the one and a view of the other.

Your Excellencys very interesting letter of the 31st by Mr Izard came to my hand yesterday—The event which its Inclosures announce, is an unfortunate one indeed—It had arrived at Camp from Philadelphia before your dispatches were received.3 I have the honr to be with the highest respt & Esteem Yr Excellency’s Most Obedt Servt

Go: Washington

ALS, DNA:PCC, item 152; Df, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Congress read this letter on 11 Sept. and referred it to the committee considering GW’s letter to Huntington dated 20 Aug. (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 18:817).

2See GW to the Board of War, 5 Sept., and the source note to that document.

3GW had received news about the Battle of Camden (see Huntington to GW, 31 Aug., and n.1 to that document; see also John Armstrong to GW, 31 Aug.).

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