Washington. Letter: Head Quarters
Valley Forge, to Brigadier General Henry Knox, 1788 February 21.
Quarters Valley Forge Feby. 21st. 1778.
different hand: Washington]
duly received your favour of the 18th. of January, which hurry of
business has prevented my answering sooner.
transportation, at this season, would be <loss [difficult, tedious]> and expensive, I approve of the plan
you adopted <loss [with
respect]> the cannon at Albany; but that no risk may be run, and in order to
have them as early as possible, so near the scene of action, as that we may be
able to make use of them, if necessary, it is my wish, the moment the River is
Sufficiently open to permit it, they may be brought forward with all speed. –
It would be altogether improper to send them to Springfield.
does it appear to me eligible to send the small arms at Albany, so far out of
the way. – If those requiring it, can possibly be repaired there, it ought to
be done; or if they cannot, and it is practicable in this Quarter, they ought to
be sent to the Armouries, this way. Nothing
but necessity and its being impossible to have the business done otherwise, will
justify their being sent to Springfield – to be brought from thence to this
am exceedingly apprehensive, from the immense waste, which has constantly
attended them, that we shall be very much distressed for arms, at the opening of
the next Campaign. I am [inserted:
also] much afraid that without the greatest care we shall come far short of
having a sufficiency of Cartridge boxes – These are matters to which I most
urgently request your particular attention – that every possible exertion may
be used to avoid a deficiency in such essential articles.
dare say you will in your  absence be very usefully employed, but your
presence here, to Superintend your department at large, is so extremely
requisite, that I flatter myself you will make a point of rejoining the army as
expeditiously as circumstances will admit. –
am with real regard & esteem
Your most hum: Servt.
I this moment received your letter of the 21st. of Jany. I shall immediately write to the Board of War on the subject
of the artillery sent to Farmington, and transmit you directions concerning
them, as soon as I receive an answer; but would not have you to wait, till those
arrive, at Boston, as I cannot help [struck:
again] expressing my fear that the business of your department [?] will be
exceedingly behind hand, as Flower is not yet able to look into it, with that
degree of attention it requires.
Published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The
Writings of George Washington. v.
10: 489-90. *Signature
removed; editorial insertions of missing text based on Fitzpatrick