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Letter from George Washington to John Jay [Extract]
Washington, George, 1732-1799
November 24, 1779
Volume 14, Page 357

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EXTRACT FROM LETTER OF GEN'L WASHINGTON TO PRESIDENT
OF CONGRESS.
[Copy.]

West Point, November the 24th, 1779.
Sir:
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I am now using my best endeavours to get things in train for putting the Army in quarters. The Distribution of cloathing, owing to its late arrival, the scantiness of the stock, the diversity in colour and in quality, its not having been properly assorted when passed, the absence of cloathiers, under various pretences, forgetting articles that would be deficient, &c., has proved a matter of the most irksome delay and difficulty. Owing to those causes and two rainy days, the North Carolina troops could not move from Windsor till yesterday, notwithstanding the most active exertions of Colo. Clark, who commanded them, and all parties engaged to effect it. I hope, however, that what cloathing was here, and to be distributed here, will be so delivered by to-morrow evening that all troops, except those intended for the Garrison, will be able to move towards the places designed for their cantonment without more delay.

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I have, &c.,
G. WASHINGTON.