Morristown 17th of April 1780
Inclosed is the answer of Major Brewen respecting erecting a Gallery for the review. In better days it would have been thought a disgrace and reproach to these States not to have had either Money orcredit necessary to purchase Lumber for the Army. However so it is. Many things equally necessary in the order of business as these boards are left unprovided from mere poverty.
The Affairs of the Department like a Vessel in motion may move on for a time from the force that has already been given to the business; but when the effect of that fails there must be a total stop. This cannot be far distant; and I wish your Excellency to be prepard for the event. I am with great respect Your Excellencys Most Obedient humble Ser.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
April 17th 1780.
I have just received a Note from Major Burnet, requesting me to have a Gallery built for the reception of the Ambassador from France: it is not in my power to do it for want of Boards. There is a plenty in this County, not far from this; but they cannot be had without Cash to purchase them. I am your Obt Hum. Servt
Major of Artificers