George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Moylan, 27 December 1781

Newburg 27th Decr 1781


By my Letter of the 2d Ulto Wch I had the honor of writing you from Boston, you will have been Informed of the Progress I had Untill then on all in the Business I had been ordered on to that place. & the probable time I expected to have the goods committed to my Charge lodged in Philadelphia. Circumstances which I coud not have prevented have retarded them on the road longer than I coud wish, & I have since received orders from the Board of War to reserve All the Clothing I brought on with me at this post for the Use of the Troops under the Command of General Heath with pleasure I Inform your Excellency that the greater part has reached this store without Any considerable Loss or Damage, the remainder (Fifteen packages Excepted which I daily expect on) we are for several Days past watching a passage Thro’ the Ice to bring over from Fishkill Landing. on my Arrival here I waited on General Heath for returns of his Troops, & my Time has since been totally Engaged in making the necessary Arrangements for a General Distribution. the New Hampshire Troops being the most Naked we began by them the 21st & shall continue without Intermission Untill Every regiment receives An Equal proportion of all that the present state of this Magazin will Admit of there Are many Materials still Wanting to Complete our first Issue a return of which I have by this oppy Transmitted to the secratary at War. the British Coats have been for some time past all dyed, & have received no Damage in the Colouring. part of them has been Delivered to the N. Hampshire Troops, though Still remains to Complete the Connecticut Line, or the N. York & N. Jersey Lines Jointly. the former refuse taking them on Acct of the Colour, the only possible objections they have Any grounds for. Were these Coats delivered to either of the Above, I shoud have it in my power to Cloth Every Line Uniformly. General Heath from Motives of Delicacy is Unwilling to Determine the Point. I have therefore thought it Advisable to Delay Issuing the blue Cloth untill your Excelly is pleased to make known your sentiments in the occasion. I have in the mean time given Directions to continue the Delivery of the several Articles of Under Clothing the quality of which by far Exceeds Any I have Ever yet seen in Store. the Article of Blankets is the only one I find myself dissapointed in, more than the one half of them proving to be of too small seize, tho’ good in quality.

In order to Expedite the making up this Clothing I have called for the Assistance of the Country Taylors, with offers of what is generally thought a reasonable Allowance for their Services. the Fashion of the Uniform Your Excellency will be pleased to Determine, & I shall be thankfull to you for your Advice thereon as soon as may be convenient; & Whether the same is to prevail throughout the whole Army. in a few Days I hope to see the Business of this District in a regular Train, when I shall proceed to Philadelphia in order to make the Necessary Arrangements for the Southern Army, which from the Unsettled State of the Department & the Many Dissagreeable circumstances I have had to contend with ever since my Apointment, it pains me to think I have not hitherto had either time or Means to provide for. I have the honor to be with the greatest Respect & Esteem, Yr Excellency’s most obedt Hble Servant

John Moylan Clor [Genl]

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