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General Greene's Report on Clothing for the Southern Army

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CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: 2d Cong, Sec Treas Rep, Vol II, III, IV, RG233 view image
Document Information
Date November 11, 1782
Author Name Nathaniel Greene (primary) Location: Head Quarters
Recipient Name Benjamin Lincoln (primary)
Summary Greene informs Lincoln that he is taking measures to obtain clothing for the troops. He reports that he has on hand only a small part of his army's winter clothing. After issuing clothing to the troops going to the north he will have only a small pittance left. Greene discusses his financial arrangements for paying for the clothing through bills drawn on the Continental Army's Financier.
Document Format Letter
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Content Notes Letter copied in a document with several other letters and entitled "Extract of a letter from Major General Greene to Major General Lincoln, Secretary at War." All letters in (n)oe09 seem to be associated with document imaged on oe09 but not assigned a document number which is a certification by John Stagg that the documents are true copies taken fron the files of the War Dept. Document is dated 23 Dec. 1791.
Related Persons/Groups Benjamin Lincoln; Nathaniel Greene; troops; Greene's army; Financier; Banks and Company; Mr. Hall; Continental receiver; Mr. Morris; northern army;
Related Places Head Quarters; Greene's headquarters; ;
Keywords headquarters; clothing; troops; winter clothing; purchases; dollars; bills; Financier; order; draughts; Banks and Company; goods; guineas; Continental receiver; sum; intentions; estimates; northern army; articles; Revolutionary War; ;
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Extract of a letter from Major General Greene to Major General Lincoln, Secretary at War, dated

"Head Quarters, November 11th 1782."

"I am taking measures to obtain clothing for the troops. We have on hand but a small part of our winter clothing, and after what we shall be obliged to iſsue to those troops going northwardly, we shall have but a small pittance left. I imagine, our purchases will amount to not leſs than forty thousand dollars, for which I shall draw bills on the Financier; and, as I provide the clothing, at your instance, and by your order, I hope, you will prepare the Financier for the draughts, that the bills may be punctually paid: I have already drawn in favor of Meſs. [undecipherable mark above the abbreviation for Messieurs.; surely mean to be "r"] Banks and Company, for eight thousand dollars, in bills of different values, to secure the clothing, and by this step, I am in hopes to save twenty per cent on the goods -- I am to advance twelve hundred guineas, which, I am in hopes to get from Mr. Hall, the Continental Receiver -- You will please to inform Mr. Morris, that I have applied, and propose to appropriate this sum to the payment of the clothing. If, in any thing, I have exceeded your intentions, you will please to inform me: My estimates are barely sufficient for covering the troops, and, as I am informed, the northern army is completely clad, and, as you mention a desire, that this should, I have laid out, accordingly, as far as the articles, necessary for the purpose, could be had; many things cannot."