Head Quarters New Windsor Decr 22nd 1780
I do myself the honor to enclose to Your Excellency the Extract of a Letter which I have just received from Governor Clinton, and which I beg leave to recommend strongly to the attention of Congress, as by this inergetic Exertion of the State of New York the Army will probably be kept from dissolution. We have not for some time received a Barrel of Flour from the Southward, except a few hundred from the Bank, and I cannot learn that there is any upon the communication. Thus we are of necessity thrown upon the State of New York for this Winter’s supply of Bread, and for that reason, every aid and assistance should be given to the Agent to enable him to comply with his contracts.
Should Col. Hay be even successful in his impress, I dread the consequences of not having established Magazines in time. The Garrison of West Point, have not a day’s Flour beforehand, and the Weather threatens a stoppage of Navigation. While the Ice is insufficient to bear Carriages, it will be difficult to throw in supplies, even were they collected, as the Roads leading to the Point are, in a manner, impassable in the Winter.
By Letters from Rhode Island, I am informed of the death of the Chevalier de Ternay, he is succeeded by the Chevalier Destouche. I have the honor to be With the most perfect respect Your Excellency’s Most Obedient Hble Servant
DNA: Item 152, Letters from George Washington, PCC—Papers of the Continental Congress.