George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Heath, 17 April 1782

Head Quarters Newburgh April 17th 1782

Dear Sir

The enclosed state of Queries I transmit for your consideration, and beg to have your observations thereon as soon as may be convenient; an early period will be most agreeable, as it is impossible for me to say how soon I may be obliged to make use of them—You will be pleased to communicate the same to Major Genl Howe, & Brigadier Genl Patterson, that I may also be favored with their opinions on the subject. Let me add also Baron De Steuben, who I believe is at West Point.

I have not yet seen the Contract for the moving Army, but am told by the gentlemen concerned, that the Places for the Deposit of Magazines, are to be determined by me; as also what are to be deemed the Dependencies of West Point—That I may be enabled to decide on these two points, I shall be much obliged by your opinion & that of the general Officers above mentioned. In giving your sentiments on the former, many contingencies of the Campaign are to be taken into consideration—The latter may be ascertained with precision. I am Dear Sir With very great regard Your Most Obedt Servant

Go: Washington

P.S. It is necessary to premise that, the Contracts for West point & its Dependencies, and the other, for the moving Army, are indifferent persons, which creates the distinction, & the necessity of determining; which I am called upon to do.

G. W——n

MHi: Heath Papers.

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