The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 22

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 22

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 22

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 22

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To MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM HEATH

Head Quarters, New Windsor, April 27, 1781.

Dear Sir: The Quarter Master informs that the teams with Flour will probably be at New Windsor by tomorrow Night, and suggests whether it will not be adviseable to have flatbottomed Boats ready for the transportation of it, as sail Boats may be delayed by the adversity of Wind or Tide.

The Commiss of Prisoners reports that there are several Prisoners of War sent on as Recruits from the State of Massachusetts. I had flattered myself this intollerable imposition had been sufficiently guarded against; but since it has happened again, we must prevent the evil from proceeding any farther, by confining those who are evidently under this description, until they can be delivered over to the Commiss of Prisoners, or otherwise properly disposed of. And I must request you, as being the first Officer of that State, to have the Names of these Men, and the Towns and Classes by which they were procured, immediately returned to the State, and that the most effectual measures may be suggested and enforced for supplying the deficiency of Men which will be occasioned by this Measure.

Colonel Tupper is to relieve Colonel Vose immediately, of which you will be pleased to advise the former. Colonel Tupper will call at Head Quarters previous to his departure. No other Field Officer with the Light Corps is to be relieved at present. I am &c.1

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