Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To THE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE Cambridge, December 23, 1775.

    Sir: Notwithstanding the great pains taken by the Quarter Master General, to procure Blankets for the Army, he finds it impossible to procure a number sufficient. he has tried the different places to the Southward without success, as what were there, are engaged to supply the wants of the Troops in each place.

    Our Soldiers are in great distress and I know of no way to remedy the evil, than applying to you, cannot some be got from the different Towns; most houses could spare one, some of them many. If your Honble. House will please to take this affair under your immediate consideration and by some means or other procure as many as can be spared from the House Keepers, you will do infinite Service to this Army and very much oblige. 76 Your etc.

[Note:The same letter was sent to the New Hampshire Legislature, Gov. Jonathan Trumbull, and Gov. Nicholas Cooke. Cooke succeeded in collecting 180 blankets. ]