George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Heath, 13 December 1780

Garrison West Point Decr 13th 1780

Dear General

On the receipt of the inclosed application from Mr Brooks, just before your arrival; I directed two Field Officers from the Massachusetts Line, & one from Connecticutt Line, to make the survey—The Officer from the Connecticutt Line was absent, the other two attended the service inclosed is their report.They inform me verbally that by cutting & putting the parts of garments together, some good ones might be made from the damaged Cloathing—as for instance—The forepart of a shirt & one sleeve may be good the other sleeve & back fit for nothing; parting the two & throwing away one half would make a good shirt—The same is the case with the other articles, whether it will be best to order the Clothier to have them overhawled & repaired, or sold, is submitted to your Excellencys determination.

Yesterday Colonel Hazen informed me, that fifteen Prisoners of war had made their escape from the Provost at Fish Kill, that it was supposed the Sentinels were bribed—The Sentinel & several of the guard are confined, in order to tryal—It is really very unaccountable, that so many Prisoners have, at one time & another, made their escape from that Provost—If our finances would admit of it, a better place of security I beleive is necessary—As soon as it was known that the Prisoners had escaped, notice was given to all the out Guards & Patroles if possible to apprehend them. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Your Excellencys Most Obedient Servant

W. Heath

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Newburgh Decr 4th 1780.


I am directed by the Clothier General to make sale of Sundry damaged Clothing that is in store to raise Some money for the difraying incidental Expences in the Department; and for that purpose to apply to you for two field Officers to examine and condemn such Articles as may be unfit for service. I beg therefor you will be kind enough to appoint two officers for the above purpose, & let them attend at my quarters as soon as may be convenient. I am, Sir, Very respectfully, your Most Obedt & Very humble Servt

D. Brooks

Dep. Clo. Gen.


West Point 11th Decr 1780

Return of Damaged Cloathing in the Public Store at Newburgh December 8th 1780.


Fifty nine Coats

One hundred and thirty eight Vests

One hundred & six pr Woolen Breeches

Five hundred shirts

Fifteen pair Officers shoes

Four hundred and fifty seven pair common shoes

Five pair Morgusons

Ninety five pair Hose

Two hundred & eighty seven Linen Overhalls

Fifty Three pair Linen Gaiters

Three Hunting shirts

Fourteen pieces of Linen

Agreeable to General Orders of the 6th Inst. we the subscribers proceeded to New Burgh and found the above Articles of Cloathing damaged.

J. Greaton Coll

Nathl Winslow Majr

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