Newburgh, August 10th 1783.
Of the articles which Your Excellency has specified in your Letter of this date, we can supply from the store as follows, viz.
320 Uniform Coats blue faced red
20 white faced blue, for [Music]
500 Wn Overalls (good)
1000 pairs stockings,
500 pairs socks,
500 Milled Caps,
500 pair Mitts,
1500 pair shoes (good) &
150 Watch Coats, such as the one I send here with.
There will then be lacking,
500 pair of Breeches,
500 Shirts &
350 Watch Coats.
Some of these Articles, I doubt not, can be furnished from the store in philadelphia. And I am persuaded the remainder can be purchased on moderate terms.
I shall communicate your Excellency’s Letter to the Cloathier General by the Very first opportunity, and I flatter myself every thing will be ready by the time they are wanted.
As we have plenty of good blankets in store, I would propose that the remainder of the Watch-Coats should be made of Blankets; but as we have been such bad paymasters in time past, we shall be at a loss instantly to collect Workmen who will trust us. If a number of Taylors from the troops could be obtained for this purpose, I can find a faithful Workman to cut out the garments & oversee the Work.
As no certain opportunity of Conveyance can be had until next post, if your Excellency should think this would delay the Business too long, I have to request that the Quarter Master General may be directed to furnish an Express for this purpose. I am, with the greatest Respect & Esteem, Your Excellencys most Obedt Servant,
Asst Clo. Gen.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.