Philadelphia December 6. 1780
Your Excellency will receive enclosed, Copy of several Resolves of Congress of the 4th Instant, in which you will observe, the Officers are prohibited from making any Contract or Bargain, or giving Orders for the Purchase of Articles for the Use of the Troops; in the Department of Cloathier General, Quarter Master General, or Commissary General of Purchases, except in Cases of Necessity, as mentioned in the Resolve; of which your Excellency or any Commanding Officer of a Detachment will be able to judge, as the Case may happen. This Resolution is in Consequence of repeated contrary Practices, which have occasioned Difficulties, as reported by the Board of War.
You will also please to observe the Augmentation of the Pay allowed to the Officers in the Inspectors Department.
That the Corps of Mare Chaussee are continued upon thier former Establishment.
And that Mr Simeon De Witt is appointed Geographer to the Army in the Room of Robert Erskine deceased. I am Sir with every Sentiment of Esteem & Respect your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble Servant
Sam. Huntington President
DLC: Papers of George Washington.