Newburgh Jany 22. 1781.
The Justice of this precinct having on the former occasion impressed about the number of horses required in this, I wrote to him in the morning (the moment I had given the necessary orders for arranging the cloathing to West Point) urgently requesting him to turn out the same horses immediately as they had been prepared and appraised, tho’ they performed no service. In the forenoon I sent to him the quarter master of this post to urge particularly the necessity of great dispatch. This afternoon I have again sent by Major Platt, to learn what was doing & when the horses would be in. The justice informs him that he complied with my request by issuing his warrant; but the person to whom he directed it refused to execute it; the constable of the precinct not being in a condition to act. He was then going to send his warrant to another person--The event being thus in a degree uncertain I have now sent an application to Justice Nicolls for thirty horses to be impressed in his precinct & sent as early as possible to the park at Artillery to morrow forenoon. That near the whole number required the residue in case of need may be taken from some Continental [teams] to the number of six or eight. I am sir Yr most obedt servt
Tim. Pickering Q.[M.G.]
DLC: Papers of George Washington.