George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Heath, 28 May 1782

Head Quarters, Newburgh 28th May 1782

Dear Sir,

In Addition to the Instructions I gave in my Letter of the 26th respecting Flags, I think it necessary to observe, that no Persons ought to be permitted to pass or repass under Cover of Flags, except those whose Names are properly inserted: As it is reported, that some People having availed themselves of such Opportunities, have formerly come into Jersey without any legal Permission.

By the Contract for the moving Army, all Stores & other Apparatus made Use of by our Issuing Commissaries were to be furnished to the Contractors, they being responsible that the public Property shall not be wasted or destroyed.

I am taking every possible Measure for replenishing our Magazines.

Mr Sands, I know, is very much occupied, at present, in making Preparations for the Celebration of the Birth of the Dauphin. I hope as soon as that is over, he will settle with you the Commutation of Articles to your Satisfaction—If he will not do it agreeably to the Principles of the Contract, I beg you to inform me of it, and believe that I am, Dear Sir, Your most obedt Servt

Go: Washington

P.S. Your Letter of the 23d respecting Forage consumed in the County of West Chester shall be attended to, as soon as I can get Leisure for the Purpose.

As a further regulation of Flags, I wish the following may be adhered to, and considered as a standing Order. No Person coming from the Enemys Lines with a flag, is to be permitted to come within our Lines, or proceed into the Country, without having first obtained permission in writing for the purpose, from the Executive of the State to which he or she wishes to go—No Persons coming from the Enemy on business of a Military Nature are to be suffered to advance within the out Posts, unless liberty shall be first obtained from the General Commandg the Army at the time.

MHi: Heath Papers.

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