George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Heath, 15 December 1781

Philadelphia Decr 15th 1781

Dear Sir

I have received your favors of the 3d and 4th Instants—General Lincoln informs me that he has written to you fully on the subject of Cloathing.

It having been thought necessary by Congress that an escort should accompany the mail from Fishkill to Morris Town, I do not look upon myself at liberty to judge of the propriety of continuing or discontinuing the measure—The duty must be performed by reliefs from Sheldons Regiment as the Quarter Master is not able to furnish the fresh Horses required.

I am in possession of a deal of intelligences similar to that furnished by Capt. Edgar, and am at a loss to know whether the Vermontese are playing a merely political or guilty game—I have reason to think the former—I am now endeavoring to get all our prisoners in Canada exchanged, and if any of them after they are released, can throw light upon a number of transactions which I confess are misterious, they will be made use of for that purpose.

You will be pleased to introduce the inclosed resolve of the 29th October into your General Orders, addressing it particularly to those Officers and Men who served at the seige of York—it came to my hands after the Army had moved from York, and they have not before been again in so collected a state as to receive the honor conferred upon them by Congress.

I wrote yesterday to Colo. Pickering, supposing my letter would reach him upon the North River, to concert measures with you for the security of all the Boats not wanted for the uses of the Garrison, and to bring down with Him a very accurate return of the number upon hand with their condition—Should my letter not meet Him—you will be pleased to attend very particularly to the first, and direct the return to be made to me.

The Financier having compleated his contract for the supply of West Point and its dependancies with provisions and the Quarter Master having been furnished with the means of procuring Forage—I am in hopes you will soon experience the salutary effects of those measures. I am with much esteem Your Obt Humb. Servt

Go: Washington

MHi: Heath Papers.

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