Office of Finance Philada 3d April 1782.
I have received letters from Wm Duer Esqr. respecting a request made by Genl Heath for Magazines of Salt provisions to be provided at some of the Posts which Mr Duer is to supply, he alledges that the laying up such Magazines will create an expence & advance of Money beyond what he is bound to by the Contract, which I suppose may be the case, and if so it is but reasonable & Just that such extra Expence should be to the public. I am too distant & too little acquainted with the Posts, also with your intentions as to these Magazines to decide with propriety on the Allowances to be made the Contractor for the extra supplies or services which may be required. Therefore I enclose herewith Copies of Mr Duers Contract & of his letters on the subject, Your Excellency will determine the quantities of provision to be laid up in Magazines, if any are necessary, & the places where, and then commission some proper person to meet the Contractor & fix with him a reasonable compensation for the services he renders over & above the terms of his Contract, and the Act of your Commissioner shall be complied with. I am sure he will be properly impressed with the Necessity of Frugality in all our Affairs. I have the honor to be your Excellency’s Most obedient & most humble servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.