Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To THE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE Head Quarters, October 6, 1775.

    Gentn: On the 29th August I did myself the Honor of addressing you on the Complaint of the Quarter Master respecting Wood for the Army. The Recess of the House of Representatives prevented any Steps being taken upon it. I must now beg leave to recall your Attention to my Letter of that Date, as the Evil is increasing, and more alarming as the Winter approaches. Little or no Wood is brought in, and it is apprehended the Owners keep it back to impose an unreasonable Price.

    The Communication at Winnisimet Ferry, which was opened for the Relief of the unhappy Sufferers at Boston, is now turned into a Convenience for the Enemy; a whole week has some times elapsed, without a Boat being permitted to come out, and there have been many Irregularities there, which the Distance of my other Engagements, have prevented my attending


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to; before I gave any order upon the Subject, I thought proper to Communicate my Intentions to you, that if there were any Special Reasons against the proposed Alteration, you may have an opportunity of making me acquainted with them.

    By an Estimate laid before me by the Quarter Master General, I find it will be impracticable, to provide sufficient Barracks for the Troops before the Season is too far advanced, without appropriating many of the Houses in and about Cambridge to this use; Many of the Inhabitants who had deserted them, are now returning under the protection of the Army. I feel a great Repugnance to exclude them from what is their own, but Necessity in this case I fear will supercede all other Considerations. I must beg the Genl. Court to Act upon it. I am etc.