28 August 1781
To the Quarter Master General, or Deputy Qr Mr with the Army.
In all cases on the present march, where the Draught Horses or Cattle of the Army shall fail, or where an additional number shall be absolutely necessary, & cannot be procured by hire, or in any other way except by Military Force; you are hereby authorised & directed to impress such numbers of Horses or Oxen as shall be required to perform the public Service, taking care to have it done in such a manner, as to secure the property of the owners as well, & with as little damage & inconveniency as the circumstances will admit. Given under my hand at Chatham this 28th day of Augt 1781.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.