George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Benjamin Lincoln, 13 May 1782

Head Quarters 13th May 1782


In Consequence of Majr Genl Heaths representn to you, before my arrival at this place and your Letter of the 3d I wrote a letter of which No. 1 is a copy to Maj. Genl Heath and obtained a specification of complaints made by the Officers against the Contractors No. 2.

Upon Receipt of this Colos. Humphry and Trumbull held a conference with Mr Sands and at my desire inclosed is their Minutes of the Conversation—No. 3.

The papers No. 4 are Messrs Sands Letter to Colo. H. & T.—inclosing proposals, which followed the above Conversation.

No. 5 contains the Answer to above proposals—& transmitted the Heads of Complaint to Mr Sands.

The Reply to this you will find in No. 6 which appears plausible—but yet puts the Matter upon such footg that I see no probability of closing the Matter here to any Satisfaction—I therefore transmit the whole to you, praying they may be laid before the Financier, that such further Measures may be taken as shall be thought proper.

Only observing that this State of Complaints respect the first Contract only—that other Complaints against the Moving Contracts, which are now formg by the Officer, will soon be transmitted.

You will notice particularly with Minutes No. 3, that Mr Sands disclaims all connection with the Army—& holds himself independent of any other person, but Mr Morris, & that his Tie upon him is but very slender. If this is really the case, many Inconveniencies will doubtless arise—& the Army may be reduced to a deplorable Situation.

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