George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General William Heath, 12 January 1781

To Major General William Heath

Head Quarters New Windsor Janry 12th 1781

Dear Sir

I have just received your favors of the 10th & 11th Instant.1

I had always considered you as having the command of the Troops at Fish Kill. and am fully of your opinion that an investigation into the issues of Provision at that place, and the Landing is absolutely necessary—You will be pleased therefore to take such Measures as you think proper to detect the abuses in this or any other article of Public property.

The issue of Provision would have engaged my particular attention before this time, had not a variety of business prevented. I had ordered Returns of the quantities of Provision issued at the several Posts, specifying by whose Order they were delivered. And this, I think will be your only Method to discover whether there is any fraud in the Matter. I am Dear Sir With great regard & esteem Your Most Obed. Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in David Humphreys’s writing, MHi: Heath Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1See Heath to GW, 10 (second letter) and 11 January.

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