Virginia in Council Jany 31 1783.
I was in hopes General Chatileause would have furnished you with the quantity and price of his Claret that was carried off from Hampton road that the disagreeable correspondence entered into with Sir Guy Carleton on that Subject might have been closed. As he has not done it and I know the Count expects payment and looks to me to procure it I am under the necessity of renewing it and again asking the favor of you to send in the enclosed Letter & to Order the money when recd to be paid to the order of Colo. Lavellet to whom I have written to forward the Account to you. I am sure you will obligingly excuse my giving you so much trouble on this trifling affair when you consider that my honor is in some measure engaged to settle it to the satisfaction of the Count.
I have not had a late return of the number of recruits raised in this State tho’ I fear it is not very considerable. some men are picked up in the upper parts of the Country, which will induce me to turn my attention that way and double the number of recruiting Officers.
What are your expectations of a peace? Shall we have one before the end of the next campaign? If we have not may we not expect another set of plundering visitors in this quarter? These are interesting questions & I could wish to have them answered if there is no impropriety in doing it. I am with the greatest respect & friendship Dr Sir Your most obedt & Most hble Servant
P.S. Your Excellency will not send Sir Guys letter unless Lavalett sends the acct.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.