Office of Finance March 20th 1782
In consequence of Colo. Tilghman’s letter of the 18th I granted a warrant on the Treasury for one thousand dollars for the purposes therein mentioned, and as he intimates that your Excellency would wish to know how you are to be supplied with money in future, whether from me or from the military chest. I should certainly refer you to the latter were I sure of a regular supply to it—I think however that the best mode for supplying your household expence will be by means of my orders on Mr Swanwick of this place. They are drawn payable to the bearer at sight, and as I shall cause them to be received for the continental taxes in all the states they will procure money wherever your excellency may happen to be. If you approve this I will send four Thousand dollars or more if you think necessary; and as you will only part with them when the course of expenditure requires, it prevents an advance of money from the Treasury until they come round for payment. I have the honour to be—your Excellency’s Most Obt Hble St
DLC: Papers of George Washington.