6 September 1780
From the representation you have made to me that the Horses of the Army cannot be supplied in the modes pointed out by Law, I am compeld from the necessity of the case to Authorize you to impress and you are hereby Authorizd by your [ ] Deputy Assistants and Forage Masters to impress Forage necessary for the horses of the Army when the same cannot otherwise be procured, also the necessary pasturage, provided that the same be taken within Fifteen miles of an Encampment of the Army and that you take the most effectual measures to have justice done to the Inhabitants and to prevent Waste or damage.
This Warrant to continue in force for Ten days from the date hereof and no longer. Given under my hand at Head Quarters this 6th Septr 1780.
By his Excellency’s Command
Rob: H: Harrison Secy
DLC: Papers of George Washington.