George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Lincoln, 3 May 1781

Boston May 3d 1781

My dear General

The General Assembly have, in compliance with your Excellencys request, voted the tents &c. for the Massachusetts line, and discover a disposition to give all the assistance in their power in support of the common interest—but they are greatly embarrassed from the want of money, notwithstanding the various modes adopted, by this State, for procuring it—this may possibly cause some delay—I hope it will not. By the next opportunity I shall, probably, have it in my power to inform your Excellency what success will attend this business—It is now in the hands of Agents who are men of attention and dispatch.

The assembly have under consideration a more regular and certain mode of supplying the Army with provisions, blankets, shoes, stockings[,] shirts &c. the want of money is the only difficulty in the way for there are supplies enough of all kinds—to get them into the hands of the public in time, without money, and in a way which shall throw the burden of the war equally on the shoulders of all is a task not easy to be effected—however it will be attempted in every way which has the appearance of success.

As your Excellency wished me to forward the recruits supplies &c. before I came on to Camp I hardly feel my self at liberty to leave this State untill I have your Excellencys permission to do it—when I know your Excellencys wishes in this matter I will anticipate your Orders. I have the honor to be my Dear General with the highest esteem your Excellencys most Obedient servant

B. Lincoln

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