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  Letter to William Heath, October 29, 1781
TRANSCRIPT GLC 2437.07.155
George Washington. Letter copy: to William Heath, 1781 October 29. 2 p.

29 Oct 81


During the operations against York, Capt. Thomas Shilds was sent to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, in order to procure plank for the artillery and engineering departments. The exigencey was so pressing, that he was directed to spare no measures [struck: to] [inserted: for] procuring if Part of [struck: said Plank, was *?*] [inserted: it he obtained] by contract, and the remainder, 13540 feet of inch [inserted: pine] plank; he was under a necessity of taking by impress. It was the property of Wm. Adams Esqr. of Somersett County, who has since commenced an action against Capt. Shilds, in consequence of which he is much embarrassed. I have therefore to request the [2]favor of your Excellency to take first steps as you shall think most fit for the relief of Capt. Shilds, he having acted only in conformity to his instructions.

I have the honor to be
Your Excellency’s
Most Obedt Servt.
Signed G. Washington

Camp before York. 29. Octo. 1781.
His Excellency Governor Nelson Lee
To His Exy Govr. [struck: Nelson] [inserted: Lee] (from Gen Washington) respecting Capt. Shilds.
29 Octo. 1781.