War Office July 26. 1781
The Board have been honoured with your Excellencys letters of the 9th 17th and 21. Instant. We shall be always happy in promoting the Views of Congress and never more so than we can contribute to your Relief and in some measure make your life agreeable under the fatigues and dangers to which you are unavoidably exposed—The Cash you mention you will see by the enclosed Estimate No. 1. was ordered before the receipt of your letter and the Board expected was sent forward with the other Articles contained in the Estimate No. 2. but were since informed it was not—fresh Orders have been given and we will endeavour to see them executed The Remainder of the Stores contained in the Estimates are ready—together with forty eight dozen of Red Wine and will go from this place immediately—Two dozen Silver Tumblers and two dozen Spoons are making and will be sent as soon as finished.
A Person to act as Steward or Caterer in your family will be procured and sent to you if a proper person can be found that will undertake that Business—as much depends on such a person and a responsibility in the Procurers we dare not promise to send one immediately but can assure you nothing shall be wanting on our Parts.
Nothing since the Receipt of your letter hath been done respecting Procters Regiment.
The Commissary of Prisoners at Lancaster—hath been made acquainted with the Agreement of the Commissioners respecting Chaplains that had or might hereafter be taken prisoners with Orders for its taking effect.
Had General Knoxs letter of the Tenth Instant come to hand before we wrote you last. It would have saved us the Trouble of writing and you of answering—you may depend we shall govern ourselves altogether so far as respects the Removal of Stores to the main Army by your Requests and in the mean time shall endeavour to have every thing in the most perfect readiness possible and should they be wanted we flatter ourselves they will be forwarded in a manner that will in some sort answer your Expectations. As we are convinced you are sensible of your Embarassments for want of Money at the same time we cannot help observing that it appears to be the Wish of the Superintendant of finance to give us every assistance in his power. We have the Honour to be with the highest Respect Your Excelly most obedt ser.
Since Col. Blaines Return the Superintendt of finance has informed the Board he will furnish the 1000 dollars.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
c.14 July 1781
Estimate of sundries wanting for the use of his Excellency General Washingtons Table and the price the principal part of the articles calculated for a two Months supply.
|250. lb. Cheese||1/10 1/2||£||23.||8.||9|
|32. Gallons Brandy||7/6||12.|
|150. [t.] double refined Sugar||14.||1.||3|
|400. Powder do||9d.||15.|
|20 lb. Green Tea||35/||35.|
|2. Casks Raisins||12.|
|12. Bottles Mustard||15/||9.|
|6. do Ketchup||15/||4.||10.|
|1. Box Lemons||10.|
|1. Barrel Limes||10.|
|12. Bottles Olives||20/||12.|
|12. Bottles Oil||15/||9.|
|2. doz. China Cups and Saucers||9.|
|6 double Bowles||25/||7.||10.|
|12. large Table Cloths||£5||60.|
|Diaper for 6 dozen Napkins||25.|
|12 lb. almonds||4/6||11.|
|2 Bbls Irish Beef 4. half Barrels Pork|
|1 Keg of Butter supposed||32.|
|2 Tea Potts and a Milk Pot||6.||10.|
|2. Quintals Cod fish||6.|
|12 Kegs pickled Oysters||4.||10.|
|4 Kegs Sturgeon||3.||10.|
|Cinnamon Cloves Nutmegs and Pickles||7.||10.|
|48 doz. Bottled Beer||36.|
|30 Gallons Shrub||33.||15.|
|6 doz. Block tin plates (if to be got)|
|or else Pewter||16.||10.|
|6 doz. Knives and forks||4.||10.|
|2. doz. Block Tin half pint Tumblers||3.|
|Contingent Table Expences||375.|
4. Barrells Spirits
400 Smoaked Tongues
6. Barrells Biscuit
Bd of Admiralty
3 Pipes of Wine