To John Clark, Jr., Matthew Clarkson, and William Palfrey
[Valley Forge, 13 June 1778]
The distance at which your Office is held, makes it exceedingly inconvenient for the Officers to attend there, as they are obliged to do in the ordinary course of business.
It will therefore be necessary for you to choose among the huts that have lately been quitted one that will be most commodious for the transaction of your affairs.
Let your Office and that of the Pay master1 be as near together as possible, for the dispatch of business—and that one guard may serve both. I am &c.
Df, in John Laurens’s writing, DLC:GW; LB, addressed to William Palfrey, MH: Palfrey Family Papers; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. At the bottom of the draft, which he addressed “To the Auditors,” Laurens wrote: “A Letter of the same purport was written to the paymaster [general],” William Palfrey. The Varick transcript is titled to Palfrey.
1. The LB and Varick transcript, which were copied from the letter to Palfrey, have “Auditors” in place of “Pay master.”