George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Livingston, 28 December 1780

Trenton 28. Dec. 1780

Dear Sir

The Act of Congress of the 4th of November mentioned in your Excellencys Letter of the 10th Instant was laid before our Assembly before the Receipt of your Letter, & orders have been given to our Superintendent of Purchases in Consequence of it. But the Supplies, for want of money go on very slowly.

Mr Durham our Superintendant; is, by the Act appointing him, to follow your Excellency’s directions, as also those of the Commissary General respecting the places for despositing the Supplies.

As the 12th Section of the Act for preventing the illicit Trade affects officers under your Command, I do my self the honour to transmit the Law; that in case it be thought necessary, orders may be given accordingly.

By numerous reports but not by any [direct] proof, I have reason to think that the [Flag boats] at Elizabeth Town are most scandalously [perverted] to the purpose of Trade & importing into our Lines the most dangerous Characters. I am with great Esteem & respect Dr Sir your Excellencys most humble Ser

Wil: Livingston

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