Head Quarters New Windsor May 10th 1781
Under the present circumstances of transportation from Connecticut, I should advise, that Mr Pomeroy should be sent immediately back to the several Towns, to announce the distresses of the Army for the want of that provision, the certainty of payment for the transportation, and the approach of a military force to carry into execution the impress of the Civil Majestrate—While this is doing, the Parties from Danbury & Hazens Regt may be detached (to be employed in the manner you propose) for that purpose.
It will be best to use great prudence in the execution of this business, which has become indispensably necessary, and to send to the nearest Towns first—before this measure can have its operation in the remoter parts, I hope Government will take the matter up with energy; in consequence of the representation of Major Gen. Heath, who sets out tomorrow for the Eastern States, to settle with them the Arrangement of transportation & supplies for the Campaign. He will require all the information that may be necessary from Your Department & that of the Commissy, on these subjects, previous to his Journey. I am Dear Sir Your Most Obedt Servant
DNA: RG 93—Manuscript File.