George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Heath, 20 June 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor 20th June 1781

Dear Sir

By the Resolution of Congress of 13th June the Corps of Invalids is ordered to compose a Part of the Garrison of West Point and I have now given Direction for the whole of it to repair thither accordingly.

The Order for the three Companies at Boston, I have tho’t proper to enclose to you, that you may facilitate & hasten their Movement, & see that all of the Men who are capable of marching are sent on under their Officers, as soon as the necessary Preparations can be made.

I have further to request that you will take the trouble to enquire into the State of these Companies respecting Cloathing &ca & give an Order on the public Store for such Articles as are actually wanting to make them comfortable & decent, which the Clothiers are to furnish so far as can be done, without breakg in upon the Cloathing lately imported from Spain. You will be pleased to take such other Measures, as you shall judge expedient for the Transportation of the Baggage and marching of the Men, in such Manner as that the greatest possible Number of them may be brot without Inquiry, & as speedily as possible, to the Point of Destination.

In the Arrangement of the Troops for the Campaign, which is just published in Orders, the Right Wing of the Army is reserved for your Command. With great Regard & Esteem I am Dear Sir Your most humble servant

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MHi: Heath Papers.

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