George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Ephraim Blaine, 14 February 1781

To Ephraim Blaine

[New Windsor, 14 Feb. 1781]


I shall set out in a day or two for Rhode Island.1 The command in my absence will devolve upon Major General Heath—I am to desire you will do every thing in your power without delay to throw into the garrison of West Point a supply of provisions for several weeks that it may be subject to no accident from a sudden investiture—This I regard as of so much importance, that I hope you will omit nothing practicable towards effecting it and I have written to the Qr Mr General to give you all the assistance of which you may stand in need.2

You will also pay the closest attention to every object by which the future supply of the army may be promoted. Given at Head Quarters New Windsor February 14. 81.

Df, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1GW postponed his departure (see GW to Rochambeau, this date [first letter], 15, and 24 Feb.).

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