George Washington Papers

From David Humphreys to Job Sumner, 15 January 1783

Head Qrs Janry 15th 1783


The Commander in Chief desires me to inform you, that upon maturer consideration he does not think himself authorized to give an order for the payment of your forage Account; because it would be contravening the regulation of Congress, as fixed in the late system for conducting the Qr Mastrs Department, which enumerates the Officers who shall alone be entitled to move forage, from the public, & because it would not only operate in the present case, but establish a precedent, in future—however, if His Excellency will represent the matter to the Secry at War on his return from the eastward & obtain his sentiments thereon—I [re]send back your Certificate & Accounts that they may not be mislaid; and that you may have an opportunity of exhibiting them whenever it shall be necessary.I am Sir

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