George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Matthews, 24 June 1780

In Committee of Congress Morris Town June 24: 1780


We recieved your favor of the 23 Inst. yesterday about four oClock. We paid an immediate attention to it, as appears by the inclosed letter to the States.

The Stores will be nearly all removed from hence this Evening, except such as are necessary, for the detachment of the army at the Short hills.

We propose joining your Excellency as soon as Genl Schuyler returns, whom we hourly expect. We are sir with the highest respect & Esteem Yr Excys most Obed. serts

Jno. Mathews

Nathl Peabody

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


In Committee of Congress Morris Town June 23d 1780


Impressed with the necessity of giving you the earliest information of every important occurrance. We therefore inclose you copy of a letter from the Commander in Chief, this moment received.

From the accumulated destresses of our Army which we are daily spectators of—From the jeopardy we have twice them in—and from the fatal consequences that must have resulted from a defeat (which would inevitably have been the consequence, had the enemy at first, and still will be, should they even now pursue their object.) We are constrained, again to call on you in the most pressing manner, to forward Your Quota of men and supplies agreable to our estimate of the 2d Inst. and prevent the total sacrifice of the few brave & intrepid spirits that at present compose our Army, and avoid the indelible stain that must consequently be fixed on these States, should such an event take place (Thus far Circular).

(To The States of Pensyla & New Jersey)

That part of the Generals letter respecting the state of the stores here, is a matter of such pressing necessity, that we conceive it to be our duty to give the earliest attention to it. The situation of the Magazines at this post, is truely deplorable, the enemy are certainly pushing at them, and we are in condition to move them for want of teams, if they do not effect their purpose at this time, it is evident they mean to persist untill the situation of our affairs renders it necessary for the remains of our Army to move from hence, when there will be no impediment to the execution of their plan. We hope therefore Sir, you will enable the Officers of the Department to improve this interval so as to effect their removal to a place of greater safety by having the Teams which are requested of your State immediately sent forward. We have the honor to be With the highest Respect & Esteem Your Excellency’s Most Obedt Humbb. Servts

J. Mathews

N. Peabody

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