George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Clement Biddle, 22 July 1780

22 July 1780

To Clement Biddle Esquire Commissary General of Forage.

From the representation that your have made to me, that the horses of the Army cannot be supported by the modes pointed out by Law & that it will be necessary to impress hay, Grass and Pasturage in the Vicinity of the encampments of the Armies, I am induced from the necessity of the Case to authorise you to impress hay, Grass and Pasturage, for the horses attached to the Army, when the same can not be procured in the modes pointed out by the Laws of the States in which the Army may serve and You are hereby authorised, in such Cases to impress by yourself, Deputies, Assistants and Forage Masters, so much hay, Grass & Pasturage as may be necessary for the support of the horses attached to the Army, provided that the same be taken within Ten–miles of an Encampment of the Army & that you use your utmost endeavours to prevent waste or unnecessary Damage to the Inhabitants and that Certificates be given by you or the proper Officers under you for the Value of such Forage so taken by you or them.

This Warrant to continue in force for Ten days from the date hereof and no longer. Given under my hand at head Quarters Prackaness this twenty second Day of July 1780.

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