George Washington Papers

From George Washington to James Clinton, 14 May 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor May 14th 1781

Dear Sir

I have been favored with your Letter of the 7th Instant. The measure you took, for obtaining bread for the Troops, in their distress, by ordering up the flour from the Mills below has my entire approbation.

General Heath has gone to the Eastern States, as I suggested, in my former Letter was proposed. One tenth part of the whole supply of Meat, from New England, is ordered to Your Department.

A quantity of Ammunition is also directed to be sent to Albany: This must not be delivered to any Troops whatever, on any occasion, or under any pretext, but by the Express Order of the Commanding Officer of the Continental Troops in that Department, and I must request, that he will make use of every proper precaution & check, to prevent the dissipation & loss of an Article, which has been so frequently squandered in vain, and which is so absolutely essential to our defence. I am Dear Sir With very great regard & esteem Your Most Hble Servant.

P.S. As soon as provisions can possibly be obtained for their support; I wish you to assemble all the Levies destined for the defence of the frontier. so that we may be able to have the Continental Troops releived, especially the remainder of Van shaick’s Regt and called from thence at a Moments warning—I have recd your favor of the 12th Inst.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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