George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General William Heath, 10 January 1781

From Major General William Heath

Garrison Westpoint Janry 10th 1781

Dear General

I request to be informed whether it be your pleasure, and expectation, since you have established your Quarters at New Windsor, that I exercise Command at, and pay attention to affairs at Fishkill, The Daily Issue of 300 rations of Provisions at the Landing; and 1,022, in the Town, in the whole as many within One ration as are Issued to the whole Connecticut Line, (when there are but few Troops at that place) and Several Other matters wherein the Public Interest is concerned, demands envestigation and the particular attention of Some Body. If your Excellency Supposes it to be my Duty, to take Such Steps as are necessary, it Shall be done, or if you think it is beyond the circle of my Command, I shall cautiously avoid it. But shall think it my Duty as a Servant to the public, to make a representation to your Excellency.1 I have the honor to be with the greatest respect your Excellencys most Obedient Servant

W. Heath

ALS, DLC:GW; ADfS, MHi: Heath Papers.

1GW replied to Heath on 12 Jan. (second letter). For jurisdictional complexities related to Heath’s concern, see Timothy Pickering to GW, 14 Jan. (first letter).

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