George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Berrien, 25 February 1781

Hd Qrs New Windsor Feby 25. 1781


It has been reported to me that you have in your hands a quantity of hospital stores purchased for public use which you refuse to deliver, alleging that they were procured on private credit. Whenever a public officer purchases articles for the public, it is taken for granted that it is on public credit, and a detention of them to the injury of the service cannot be justifiable. I persuade myself that there has been misapprehension on the part of those who have reported to me and cannot doubt that you will immediately deliver to the bearer all articles in your hands procured for hospital uses. I am Sir Yr most Obedt & humble serv.

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