George Washington Papers

General Orders, 29 December 1780

General Orders

Head Quarters New Windsor Friday December 29th 1780

Parole. Countersigns.—

The Quarter Master General will make an immediate and exact return of all the public Boats on this part of the river describing the kind and size and how they are employed—He will arrange them under four heads vizt Good—Bad—Indifferent and Irrepairable.

He will also as soon as possible make a similar return of all the public Boats at Albany and its dependencies.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

GW’s aide-de-camp Tench Tilghman wrote Q.M. Gen. Timothy Pickering from headquarters on this date: “We find it very inconvenient to send our Horses to Newburg for every little matter that is out of order in their shoes—there is good Smiths shop with Bellows &c. just at the door, and one good Hand would not only do all the Work of our family, but that of the neighbouring Gentlemen. His Excellency wishes you to desire Colo. Baldwin to pick out a Man acquainted particularly with the branch of sho[e]ing, and send him down—Mr. Ke[e]s[e] can get the shop open upon giving him directions to do it” (DNA: RG 93, manuscript file no. 25665).

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