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Letter from General Mifflin to William Duer



Camp at White-Plains, October 26, 1776.

DEAR MR˙ DUER: The hurry of our camp has prevented me giving you a timely answer to your several favours. Many deliberations have been devoted to your many essential propositions, and all I have been able to obtain from the General Officers is contained in the enclosed, signed by Lord Stirling, as the opinions of the rest. I will add that the barracks at each place proposed on the paper should be calculated for two thousand men. When the enemy, who have advanced to a height within three miles of the camp, afford time for the General to give his opinion fully on the subject, you shall receive ample instructions; at present form the magazines on such places as you conceive most likely to answer our wants. Mr˙ Livingston has recommended a Mr˙ Janur to purchase for me; but as I now depend on you for all my supplies of grain, hay, and straw, I cannot, nor do I think it right to apply to any other gentleman in this Colony for the same articles.

The Congress allows two and one half per cent, for purchase of grain, fee, which I expect you to charge in your account. If you see Mr˙ Livingston, give him my reason for not writing to Mr˙ Janur.

I have sent to Boston for three hundred casks of nails carried in there by a privateer; but as they will not be sent here in time for your wants, I beg you to purchase so many as you are like to want for the two sets of barracks, and in case we find necessary to erect more barracks, you may be supplied by me with nails for them in good season.

I have desired Mr˙ J˙ Wadsworth, of Connecticut, to purchase grain, hay, &c˙, in that Colony, and therefore beg you not to send any agents to that Colony, who may interfere with and affect the purchase. If your purchases are confined to this State, it will, I believe, answer a good purpose and prevent an increase of prices.

I enclose you an order on Mr˙ Cranch, for thirty thousand dollars. He is, I am informed, on his way to this place. You must therefore send a person to this place for the money. If I could find a person to carry the cash I would wait Mr˙ Crahch' s arrival, and then send it to you. But this cannot be done.

I have ordered fifty carpenters to march from hence this day to Peekskill, and there wait your order.

I am, affectionately, your friend, &c˙,