George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Mordecai Gist, 2 January 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor 2d Jany 1781.

Dear Sir

I am pleased to hear, by yours of the 15th ulto, that the Legislature of your State are making spirited exertions and preparations against the next Campaign. This seems to be the prevailing disposition, but I fear the means which have been generally adopted, for procuring Men, will not answer. Where there is an alternative of Money or Men, the former will be preferred by the Classes, as being least troublesome.

Mrs Washington informs me, that when she passed thro’ Baltimore, you were at a loss to know how to apply the Shirts purchased by the subscription of the Ladies. I wonder at that, as I had, sometime before, written to Mrs Governor Lee, and desired that they might all be sent to the southern Army. My letter, I presume, had no[t] then reached her, or she had not communicated [my] intentions to those you have the care of them. I am Dear Sir Your most obt and hble Servt

Go: Washington


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