George Washington Papers

General Orders, 12 January 1781

General Orders

[New Windsor] Friday January 12th 1781

Parole. Countersigns— [  ]

The term for renewal of Tickets in the 4th Class of the United States Lottery is extended to eight weeks instead of Six and which will expire the 8th of February.

The Adventurers in the 3d Class who purchased tickets at the Pay office and chuse to renew in the 4th are requested to consign the exchanges to the regimental Paymasters who will give receipts for the amount as money advanced on account.1

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

On this date, GW’s aide-de-camp David Humphreys wrote Q.M. Gen. Timothy Pickering from headquarters: “In answer to your Letter to Col. Tilghman, (who is unwell) His Excellency directs me to inform you that Matters continue in the same situation respecting the Pennsylvanians [as] they were. And wishes to be informed by the bearer, how long time it would take, to procure Horses sufficient to Move the Artillery by impress or hire—As he would not have either done, untill the Moment it is necessary, on account of the difficulties of forage which you Mention—The General requests you will forward the Letter to Col. Blaine immediately” (DNA: RG 93, manuscript file no. 26035). The letter, presumably from GW to Ephraim Blaine, commissary general of purchases, has not been found.

1For Congress’s establishment of this lottery to raise funds for the war, see General Orders, 9 March 1778, n.5.

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