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From George Washington to The States, 26 March 1780

Head Qurs Morris Town March 26th 1780.

Sir

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
Portsmouth 11.643
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

New Hampshire

Massachusetts

Rhode Island

Connecticut

New York

Jersey

Pennsylvania

Maryland

Virginia

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.

Go: Washington.

Vide 2nd Letters to Penna 12th April

Letter to Governor Caswell 7th April

Letter to Governor Rutledge 15th

States. Places of deposit Galls. Rum
Massachusetts Boston 10,000
Springfield 10.000
Great Barrington 175.628
195.628
States. Places of Barls Gals. Tons Bushs.
deposit . flour. Rum. Hay. Corn
Rhode Island Providence 18,621
Connecticut Danbury 10,000 200
Waterbury 100
Hartford 10,000 200
New Fairfield 48,558
68.558 500
New York Fort Schuyler 1,000 50 1,000
Albany 4,000 100 6,000
Claverack 1 000
Fishkill
Landing 2 000
West Point 5 969 100 3,000
Fishkill &
Fishkill Landing 250 20,000
13,969 500 30,000
Jersey Wallins’s,
Sussex County 10,000 800 8,000
Hackels Town 100 2,000
Pitt’s Town 100 2,000
Trenton 800
Princeton 200 2,000
Van Vechten’s
on Rariton 200 2,000
Morris Town 900 10,000
Ramapough 400 4,000
10,000 3,500 30,000
Pennsylvania Fort Pitt 2,400 7,000 150 7,500
Ligonier 300 850 40 2,000
Bedford 300 850 40 2,000
Carlisle 800 4,000 80 4,000
York Town 100 280 40 2,000
Estherton 200 1 000 20 1,000
Sunbury 1 000 3 000 60 3,000
Wyoming 500 1 500 40 2,000
Lancaster 500 1 200 180 14,000
Lebanon 200 500 200 10,000
Reading 200 560 180 14,000
Easton 20,000 1 000 200 70,000
Philadelphia 13,500 3 083 470 68,500
40,000 24,423 1 700 200,000
Delaware Wilmington 3.055 500 18,662
Maryland Head of Elk 14,000 140 52,152
Baltimore 3,000 30 2.000
George Town 3,000 30 2 000
20.000 200 56,152
Virginia Alexandria 40,000 80 40,000
Fredericks-
burgh 300 30,000 100 40,000
Richmond 100 70 20.000
Petersburg 878 30,000 150 100,000
1,278 100,000 400 200,000
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
Department.
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.

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