George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel Israel Shreve, 28 December 1780

To Colonel Israel Shreve

Head Quarters New Windsor 28th Decemr 1780


You will be pleased to put a Captain with a full Company in readiness to march to Wyoming to relieve the Garrison at present there. If you have not already sent up to Newburg for the Cloathing of the Brigade, you will do it immediately and by the time the Cloathing gets down and the Men are ready, I will forward orders for the Captain who is to go upon the command—You will let me know the name of the Officer appointed.1 I am &.

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

1Shreve replied to GW from “Jersey-Camp” at Pompton, N.J., on 30 Dec.: “Your Excellency’s favor of the 28th came to hand last evening.

“Captain Alexander Mitchell of the 1st Regiment is the Officer appointed to the command.

“I would beg leave to mention to Your Excellency that a small supply of money will be highly necessary, especially for the Officers of the detachment.

“A Deputy of our State-Clothier’s set out for Newburgh on the 23d instant to receive the Clothing of the Brigade” (ALS, DLC:GW; ADf, NjR: Israel Shreve Papers).

GW responded in his second letter to Shreve from New Windsor on 31 Dec.: “I had sent off instructions for Capt. Mitchell previous to the rect of yours of yesterday—leaving a Blank for his name.

“I would with great pleasure supply him and the other Officers with Money, before they march, was it in my power, but the Military Chest is and has been sometime empty” (Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW; see also GW to Alexander Mitchell, 30 Dec.).

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