Head Quarters Morris Town March 26 1780
You 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 & Forage for the army & directing the Articles of Supplies to be collected & 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, & all we can do upon such occasion, 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, that it appears to me, they should be deposited at the following places and in the proportions set against each respectively—Viz.
|Charles Town No. 4||24,000||Gallons of Rum|
Also the Beef—the time & place of delivery of the proportion from time to time must of necessity be governed by the occasional requisitions of the Commissary General; which must also be the case with respect to the Salt of it’s ultimate place of deposit. I have the Honor to be with the greatest respect Sir Your Most Obed. servant;
Nh-Ar: Weare Papers.