Fishkill 17th June 1782
By Messrs Stewart & Livingston we are inform’d that your Excellency requests to know what Money is due us from Mr Morris for your information we inclose you a State of our Account up to the first Inst., which we believe is right, but as we have not as yet been Able to get any of our Accounts settled, there may perhaps be some trifling mistakes.
Of the Public we have received a Quantity of Provisions which also remains unsettled.
We proposed to Mr Morris to pay him 5000 pounds on that Account and requested the Balance, to which he reply’d; that by the disappointments he had met with from the States. it was not in his power to grant our request, that he would pay us 10.000 dollars in his Notes of which we might exchange some in Jersey which we did 3.000 Dollars. we Inform’d him that the Notes would not answer. for supplies for the Army. That we however would take them and do as well as we Could with them. that if he could not on his part of the Contract. comply and make regular payments in Specie, it would be impossible for us to perform our part. which the Commander in Chief fully expected. We are however convinced that Mr Morris makes us the payments. as fast as it is in his power, his dependance is we expect on the States and we are perswaded they will disappoint him.
We are much embarassed for Money and know not how we shall get provisions without; we on our part will do all we can—this we have told him and if there is a failure in the supplies, it will be for want thereof—If the Public will pay us According to Contract. we will engage on our part that nothing shall be wanting—If on the Contrary we expect your Excellency will make every Allowance for us, and you may rest assured. that every exertion Shall be made by us. in our perplexed situation. We are Sir—with the greatest respect & esteem your Excellencies—Obedt—& very humble servants
Comfort Sands & Co.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.