Head Quarters New Windsor 23d Feby 1781
I have been honored with your favor of the 17th inst. I am so well convinced not only of the policy, but of the justice of giving support to a tribe, who have manifested so strong an attachment to us as the Oneida have done, that I shall endeavour to select, from our the scanty supply of Cloathing, such Articles as are least suitable, on account of their quality, for the troops, but which will serve to make the Indians, at least, comfortable, and send them up to General Schuyler as soon as the navigation is open.
I can promise nothing certain on the score of provision—The troops at Albany and Schenectady have been, all the winter, most distressed on that account—When our magazines are full, the Indians will participate—when scanty—they must share accordingly. With the greatest Respect I have the honor to be Gentn Yr most obt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.