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Summary of Report of Committee of Supply, 27 March 1780

c.27 March 1780

1 Stose houses—or Magazines to be provided at such
places as the Comr in chief shall direct.
One Store keeper to each Magazine to be appointed by
the Board of War.
The United States to be laid of in three divisions &
a superintendant (to be appointed by Congress) in
2. Each Superintendant, with the approbation of the
Board of War to appt a Deputy for each in his own
These keepers to receive & keep all Stores wch shall
be delivered at their Magazines agreeably to the Act
of Congress of the 25th Febry—first Inspecting, &
rejecting such as are of bad quality.
3 Also to receive stores from other Magazines as
occasion may require—giving receipts.
Keep two Books—one for receipts—the other for
4. Superintendants to visit all the Maga Lines
within his division once in 3 months to examine into
their condition & management—Books &ca.
5 To corrispond with the Board of War—Qr M. Genl &
Comy Genl & furnish them respectively once a month
with the Rects & Issues & stores on hand at each
Magazine in their division.
To comply with their requisitions for Stores inform
them of all neglects &ca.
To inform the Executive of the State of the failure
in the purchase of Stores by any of their Comrs.
7. Superintendants to be funished with money, to be by
them distributed among the Deputies, to pay for
These accts to be settled every three months & the
wages of the Deputies & Clerks paid.
8. The superintendants to settle with the Treasury
board every three months.
The superintendants their Deputies are allowed to
appoint one Clerk each & no more without the
concurrance of the board of war.
None of these to be concerned or interested in any
Boat, Vessell, Carriage, Draft or Pack horse employed
in the service of the United States.
Salaries to be paid in Spanish Milled Dollars or
other money equivalent. in 4 equal quarterly payments.
9 Owners of Teams & Pack Horses employed in
transporting stores from the Magazines furnish to forage
& provisions for themselves & be answerable for the
safe conveyance of the stores.
10 All Issuing Posts where there are no Troops
in Continental Service are to be discontinued (except at the Magazines) unless
the Board of War, Comr in chief or Commander of a
seperate Army shall think it indispensably necessary.
11. Teams when detrained may be supplied with Provns &
Forage from the Public Magazines.
12 The occasional provision for the March of
Troops—Detachmts—Parties &ca out of the Rout of the
Magazines is so slow and tedious in its operation that
the end of every march must be defeated.
13. The mode of paying for it too is equally
14. One Quarter of a Cord of Wood for 60 Men including
Officers & 20 lbs. of straw—is not this too small?
15. One Qr Mr Genl—One Dy for the Main Army & one for
each seperate Army.
The Q.M.G. & each of his Dys to be allowed one
Clerk. Is this sufft?
When one or more Regts march a Captn to be appd by
the Q.M.G. to do the Duty of Q.M. pro tempore & recd
pay for it—Why confind to a Cap?
A Forage Mastr G & a Dy for the Main Army a Dep.
for each seperate Army—& a forage Master to each Brigade—One for head Qrs (Including
every body) one for the Comy Genls Depty &c. one for
the field Comy of Milry stores.
16. All Officers in the Forage Depts. are to be apptd by
the Q.M.G. for the Main Army & by his D. in each
seperate Army.
One Q.M. Genl & D. for the Main Army—One D. for
each seperate Army—One Conductor for Hd Qrs—one to
the staff—one to each Brigade & one for each Brigade
of 12 teams in the staff.
appointed in the same manner as the Forage Masters.
17. After [          ] day of [          ] all other Officers in
the Q.M.G. Departmt to be discontd excepting the Regl
Q.M. Gl Is to have full power to dismiss (with the
consent of the C. in chief) any Person in his D. for
neglect order.
Deputies the like power with the const of the G.
Q.M.G. & D. to employ with the const &ca any
Artifrs & labourers.
Monthly returns of Forage recd & Issued & on hand
to be made to the D.Q. Mrs & of the Persons employed in
that business.
18. The Waggon M. Gl & his Dys to make like returns of
all persons, Horses, Carriages &ca employed under them.
Genl return of all these to be made by the Q.M.G.
monthly to the B. of War & C. in chief.
19. Q.M.G. to furnish the Bd of War from time to
with estimates of all supplies wanting markg the time
withn wch they will be wanted.
Further arrangements to be made by the Q.M.G. with
the approbation of the C. in chief not inconsistent
with these regulations as shall appear necessary.
No Houses, Stables, Barracks, &ca to be built
without a written order from Con: the Bd of War, Comr
in Chief or Genl Comy sepe Army.
No Military, or staff Offcr shall own or be
concerned in Vessells, Waggons or Horses employed
in the public service.
20 Pay of all Persons in the Q.M.G.—Forage & Waggon
Departmt—to be drawn by Warrants on the Military Chest.
21. All other Accts in this Dept to be Audited & pd in
like manner by warrt.
Pay of Officers in the Q.M. Gls dept be in Spanish
Milled Dollars. or other money equivalent as follows.
22 Q.M.G. to collect all Horss. Wagns & Teams by the
opening of the Campaign & apply to the Bd of War for
the defy who is to employ one or more Persons to
purchase them. N.B. This is making other persons
(after travelling through two or three stages) do what
the Qr Mr should do in the first Instt.
Horses teams & carriages to be furnished by hire
or Contract if possible.
24 Allowances of Waggons in some instances are two
25. For the Carriage of Horses, Provisions, Forage &
the Flying Hospital as many as are necessary be
26 No Horses belonging to the United States shall be
allowed to Officers for Ridg or Batt. Horses but in
lieu thereof shall be paid in Spanish Milled Dollars
or &ca equivalent. To a P.M.—Adjt—Q.M. each [          ]
Dollars—To a Field Condr of M.S. [          ] Dollars—To a
Conductor of Baggage & P. Waggons [          ] Dollars—To a
Prot Ml Dollars—N.B. Why an allowance to these &
not to other Officers?
These are obliged to keep an able Horse In adn to
the Forage necesy for Waggon Horses &ca there shall be
allowed to
To a M. Genl for self & Family 7 Rations
B. Genl Do Do 6
Colonel 2
Lt Colo. 2
To a Majr 2 Rations
Captn 1
Surgeon 1
Pay master 1
Adjutant 1
Qr Master 1
To the Q.M. Gl in addn to his
allowance in the line 2
To a D.Q.M. Genl Do Do 1
&ca &ca &ca
N.B. Many of these allowances are too low.
29 Forage to be Issued by the Forage Mr with exactness
by Rations—Ration to Riding Horses is 8 Qts of Grain—
& 14 lbs. of Hay p. Day—or dble of either if single.
Forage to Issue for Wag. Horses on the Returns of
the Conductors. Countersigned by the W.M.G. or his
D.—& for other Horses on the orders of the Officers
who have a Right to draw.
No more to Issue under severe penalties.
For sudden demands of Horses the Q.M.G. or his
D.—or offr Comg Detacht New levies or &ca to hire or
Contract for Teams.
As this may not be accomplished—It is recommended
to the States to pass Laws to aid.
N.B.—While this is doing, & under these
circumstances Detachmt &ca will be unable to move. &
every end & design of detaching will be defeated.
32 Recommended that one of the State Commissioners
attend the Army to secure the Forage & Pasturage in
the Vicinity for the use of the Forage Master.
34. None to be taken in any other way but in cases of
necessity by order of the Comy Genl.
In the meantime the Forage Mr Genl to execute this
business & give certificates for the value after
These certificates to be paid by the States as soon
as possible & considered as part of the State quota.
35. To prevent waste, & unequal distribution of Forage,
the Forage Master Genl is to take posn of what is found
at the Qrs of Genl Officers &ca & regularly
appropriate the same to the genl use of the Army.
States to authorize & requiere their Comrs to
procure more than their quota of particular Articles
at the requisition of Congress or the Comr in chief.
36. Such Articles of additional supplies shall be paid
for in Spanish Milled Dollars or Paper equivalent at
the rates fixed by the resolve of the 25th of Febry
with 6 pr C. Interest.
Camp Equipage, Ammunition Waggons Intrenching
Tools, & other Tools & materials here to fore provided
by the Qr Mr G. is to be furnished by the Comy Genl of
Mry Stores under the direction of the Bd of War.
37. Such of them as are carried into the field shall be
undr the care of field Comy who shall keep the Acct of
Timber Boards & other articles wch are to be
found in the vicinity of the Army to be provided by a
Contracter to be appd for that purpose by the Qr M.G.
& Comg Offr of Artillery out of the Offrs of the
Artillery Artificers or Q. Mr Artificers who shall
supply both departments—agreeably to orders from the
Hds of them.
Money’s for these Contracts to be drawn from the
Military Chest on the appr. of the Q.M.G. and Comg Offr
of Artilly respectively. The accts to be examined by
once in every three months.
N.B. It is difficult to see into the policy or
oeconomy of this.

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