War Office May 8th 1781
The Board have been honoured with your Excellency’s Letter of the 26th Ulto inclosing a Representation from Genl Knox against breaking up the Post at Fishkill: These Reasons appear to be Sufficient to induce a Repeal of our Order on that Subject & are very different from the Ideas we had of the Matter from Representations made to us; by which it seemed to be evident that the Post, if kept up might be superintended by officers detached from the Army, both of the Line & in the Department of Field Commissary, who it was Suggested would have been sufficient for the Purpose of a temporary Laboratory or other Branch of the Military Stores Departments, without making it a Permanent Post & keeping up a Train of Additional officers; & especially as the present Sett were not favorably Spoken of; Mr Ruddock particularly being mentioned as very much addicted to Drink. By some Mistake it was neglected to write both to your Excellency & Genl Knox on this Subject. We only meant to save Public Expence & get rid of useless officers having no Idea of unnecessary Alterations. And as both your Excellency & General Knox are of Opinion that the Post & its officers are necessary, we readily Agree that both should continue. We have the honor to be with the greatest Respect Your Excellency’s very obedient Servts
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
At a Board of War May 7. 1781
His Excellency the Commander in chief having represented to the Board the necessity of continuing the post and officers at Fishkill, which by a former Order of this Board was directed to be broken up as a fixed post and the officer discharged.
That the former Order of this Board for delivery of the Military Stores at Fishkill to the Quarter Master and for discharging from the Service Mr Ruddock, Commissary, and the officers—employed under him at that place be updated, and the Post—be continued and the officers remain in the Service of the—United States, any former Order of this Board to the Contrary notwithstanding.
Extract from the Minutes for Joseph Carleton Secy