George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Captain Thomas Posey, 5 August 1778

To Captain Thomas Posey

Head Qrs White plains Aug. 5: 1778


A few days ago I received your favor dated at New Windsor on the 24th Ulto, but how or by whom I do not recollect—As the person, acting as paymaster to your detachment, has not applied for their pay; and as the Officers and Men may have occasion for Money, I have drawn a Warrant on the Pay Master at Albany, payable to you or your Order for Two thousand five Hundred Dollars, which you will find inclosed. I have also written him a Letter of advice upon the subject, which you will send with the Warrant when it is presented for payment.1 You will have to account for this Money & therefore you will be careful in taking receipts or proper Vouchers for the disbursement of it among the Officers & Men—that you may meet with no difficulty in settling with the Auditors. I wish you success—and am Sir Yr Most Obt st


Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1On this date GW wrote to Assistant Paymaster General Jonathan Burrall: “Captain Thomas posey was detached a few days ago from this Army, with a party of Riflemen to act on the Frontiers of this State. At the time they marched, they had not an opportunity of receiving their pay—I have therefore drawn a Warrant on you for Two Thousand five Hundred dollars which I request you to pay to the Captain or any person he may authorise to receive it” (Df, DLC:GW). Burrall (1753–1834), who had acted as an assistant paymaster general since October 1776, served 1780–89 as a Treasury Department commissioner for settling various accounts. He served as assistant postmaster general, 1789–91, and after leaving government service, he became a banker in New York, commencing as cashier of the Bank of the United States at New York City.

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