Head Qurs Morris Town March 26th 1780.
You (or your Excellency as the case may be) will have received, I presume, before this, a transcript of an Act of Congress of the 25th of last month, calling on the several States for specific quantities of Provision, Rum and forage for the Army & directing the Articles of supplies to be collected and deposited at such places in each of the States, as should be judged most convenient by me. In the case of a defensive War, like ours, which depends almost wholly on the movements and operations of the Enemy, it is difficult, if not impracticable, to fix on places of deposit for Stores, which may not be rendered improper by subsequent events, and all we can do upon such occasions is, to collect them where it shall appear, from a comparative view of circumstances, that they will be probably secure and most likely to facilitate the purposes intended. I have considered the point with respect to the supplies required of your State and I beg leave to inform you (or your Excy) that it appears to me, they should be deposited at the following places and in the proportions set against each respectively.
|States.||Places of deposit.||Galls. Rum.|
|New Hampshire||Charles Town No. 4||24,000|
|35.643||(Vide the inclosed paper|
|fixing the places of deposit in each State) As to the supplies|
|of Beef the time and place of delivery and the proportion from|
|time to time must of necessity, be governed by the occasional|
|requisitions of the Commissary Genl which must also be the case|
|with respect to the Salt and its ultimate places of deposit.|
Thus far General to the States of
The following paragraph peculiar to Rhode Island.
"As to Hay, the collection of it must depend on the communications of the Quarter Master General, who will make his requisitions from time to time, as the probability of its being wanted shall seem to make it necessary. I have the honour to be &c.
Vide 2nd Letters to Penna 12th April
Letter to Governor Caswell 7th April
Letter to Governor Rutledge 15th
|States.||Places of deposit||Galls. Rum|
|New York||Fort Schuyler||1,000||50||1,000|
|West Point||5 969||100||3,000|
|Sunbury||1 000||3 000||60||3,000|
|Maryland||Head of Elk||14,000||140||52,152|
|George Town||3,000||30||2 000|
|North Carolina. The places of deposit for the Stores to|
|be furnished by it must be fixed by the Governor of|
|the State & the Commanding Officer in the Southern|
|South Carolina. The places of deposit for the Stores to|
|be furnished by it must be fixed by the Commanding|
|Officer in the Southern department, who will consult|
|the Governor of the State upon the occasion.|
Remarks. The Hay required of Rhode Island, to be collected on the requisitions of the Quarter Master General, who will make them from time to time as the probability of its being wanted shall seem to make it necessary.
General. The Beef required of the several States, the time & place of delivery and the proportion from time to time of necessity, must be governed by the occasional requisitions of the Commissary Genl, which must also be the case with respect to the Salt and its ultimate place of deposit.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.