George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Richard Caswell, 7 April 1780

Head Qrs Morris Town April 7th 1780


Your Excellency will have received I presume before this, a Transcript of an Act of Congress of the 25th of February, calling on the Several States for specific quantities of provisions Rum & Forage for the Army—and directing the Articles of Supplies to be collected and deposited at such places in each of them, as should be judged most convenient by me. With respect to the places of deposit for the Supplies to be furnished by your State, I beg leave to acquaint Your Excellency, that I have not such a competent knowledge of the Country—(nor indeed of the dependence there may be on the State by that of South Carolina) as to undertake to fix them myself. I shall therefore write to the Commanding Officer in the Southern department on the subject and desire him to arrange the business with Your Excellency to determine on the places, which appear to him most eligible relatively to the present & probable train of Southern operations and to make the earliest communication on the point to Your Excellency. In the mean time the supplies may be providing—and although I cannot undertake to fix on the general places of deposit for the reasons I have mentioned—I beg leave to add that it appears to me essential that a part of the flour & forage should be collected as soon as it can be done, at proper stages on the usual route through the State for the marching of Troops to or from the more Northern Ones—as it may be wanted for the succours going & which may occasionally move to the Southward. I mention nothing with respect to beef—as Cattle I presume can be easily furnished to answer every occasional demand of this sort. I have the Honor to be with the highest respect & esteem Yr Excellency’s Most Obed. St

G. W.

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