George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Nehemiah Hubbard, 20 November 1782

Head Quarters Newburgh Novr 20th 1782


I expect as soon as the Huts are compleated, which will be the case in a few days, to relieve the Light Infantry now on the Lines, with a considerable Detachment from this Army—it will therefore be expedient & even essentially necessary that there should be a quantity of hard Bread on hand for these Troops & for the advanced Posts; because the supply of bread will otherwise be precarious, & the Troops in their moving state frequently destitute—I have therefore to request that you will not fail to have a ten day’s supply immediately provided for an equal number of Men to those now on the lines, that is to say, from 12 to 1500 Rations per day or more if it should be convenient—you will not I presume, hesitate in complying, as the good of the service is extremely interested, and as the difference between this & other Bread, will certainly be paid to the Contractors, by the Public. I am Sir &c.

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