George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Heath, 8 June 1781

Head Quarters N. Windsor 8th June 1781

Dear Sir

I was duly favored with your Letter of the 15th of May and have just now had the pleasure to receive that of the 29th—I intreat you not to relinquish or relax your Sollicitations and importunities until the great Object of your mission are fully accomplished. As the plan of the Campaign is now settled upon the presumption of the success of your Application, a Failure in the smallest degree on the Part of the states will involve us in the deepest Distress, and probably frustrate every advantage we might other wise Obtain—I only wish these Legislatures may be impressed with these Ideas, & stimulated to Exertions proportioned to the Occasion.

The salted Provisions at Springfield were included in those which were refigured to be imediately transported to the army, that is, to the nearest Point of embarkation on the North River. I wish the transportation of these, as well as the supplies of Rum and Cloathing may be expedited as much as possible. not a drop of Rum has yet come on, and the Physicians report that the artificers (who work exceedingly hard) are falling sick for want it—besides you must be sensible that it is extreamly necessary for other Purposes—As to Sumer clothing I request you to make known to the States, that almost every article in the public Store which was of any Value, has been sent on to the Southern Army—and that there is no other possible alternative but for the Troops to be provided with it by their own States—or become literally naked.

I am persuaded you will not loose Sight of the Supply of Beef Cattle called for from the Eastern States—nor give a moments Quiet to them untill ample provision is made for obtaing the whole of it.the means of transportation are equally important.

A Quantity of Cloathing (about 2000 Suits) having arrived at Boston from Spain—you will be pleased to give orders to the D.Q.M. Genl to have it forwarded imediately to the Army—The packages must not be broken—In case Teams cannot be procured to transport the whole, at least 1000 Suits compleat, with the same Number of Hatts, & a proportion of Sergeants Coats must be sent on: the Coats, waist coats and Breeches should be divided by their Size, into three distinct parcells—vizt the largest, midling & smallest—and marked accordingly. I request you to pay particular Attention to it & to make application to the State for the Means of conveyance, (should the Q. Master Genrl be unable to provide Teams) but I should suppose the Ox Teams hired for the Campaign might be made use of for the Purpose—A Conductor should come with the Cloathg to prevent Waste & delay in the transportation.

You may be assured you will not be forgotten in the arrangements for the Campaign. and that I am with very great Regard & Esteem Dear Sir Your most obedt servant

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