To Joseph Trumbull
Head Quarters Morris town 18th Feby 1777
Notwithstanding all my endeavours to keep the Commissary’s department in some kind of order, I find that there is the utmost necessity for your immediate presence and interposition to prevent every thing from running into a State of distraction.
There are a number of deputy Commissaries (appointed by I know not whom) bidding upon each other, till they have raised the price of provisions to a most extravagant Rate.
I dont know how true the charge may be, but Wharton is the subject of universal Complaint, they say he has a Commission upon the amount of his purchases, and cares not what price he gives.
I can therefore only say again that your presence alone can releive me from my present distress, and save the Continent Millions. I am Sir Yr most obt Servt
LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, Ct: Joseph Trumbull Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The LS is addressed in part to “Joseph Trumbull Esqr. Commissary General Connecticut.” Trumbull had been in Hartford from early January to about mid-February 1777 but was in Boston on this date (see Trumbull to Hancock, 18 Feb., in DNA:PCC, item 78).