Jany 8. 1783
When the Board of General Officers in Jany last regulated the number of Servants to be allowed to Officers a larger number were allowed to the Cavalry than to the Infantry—this was not considered in establishing the Regulation for the subsistence to be paid to the Officers and in consequence complaints have already been made to me that for this extra number of Servants without Arms they can neither draw provisions or Subsistence—As I suppose it owing Rather to omission than to any [i]ntention of lessning the number then allow’d I have given the Pay Master orders to pay the Officers of the Cavalry agreable to the Regulation of Jany last, untill your further directions should be given to him. I have the honor to be.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.