Head Quarters Orange Town 4th Octobe. 1780.
I would fain hope, that part, if not the whole of the Baize, purchased with intent of having it milled and cut into Blankets, may be by this time ready for use.—The season calls for them, and I very much fear, that the troops in the field and the sick in Hospitals will be exceedingly distressed for want of them, before they can possibly be got to hand. I however trust that no means will be left untried to get them forwarded as they are ready. If you find any difficulty in the Quarter Master department, be pleased to apply to the State for assistance, and represent to them the pressing necessity which the Army labors under for Blankets.—If three or four thousand could be hurried on speedily_ they would perhaps supply the wants of the most needy, and make the delay of the remainder more tolerable.—I do not know whether you have any, or what stock of other Winter Clothing: But whatever you may have should be forwarded without loss of time. Woolen Overalls and Stockings in preference to other Articles. If the whole could be packed in tight Casks, or well jointed Cases, it would probably prevent the damage which may be occasioned by the goods being exposed to the Weather during the Transportation.
I shall be glad to know what forwardness the Blankets are in, and what quantities and kinds of other Articles you have on hand. I am, Gentln, Yr most obt Sert
P.S. Be pleased to forward the Goods to New Windsor by way of Litchfield.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.