Head Quarters Newburgh Febry 15th 1783
Capt. West & Mr Manga have permission to make application for liberty to go into the City of New York to distribute a sum of Money (about £200 L.M.) among the Naval Prisoners belonging to the Town of Salem in Massachusetts which being procured they may proceed to the City—if they cannot obtain that permission, or do not choose to wait for an Ansr, you will send a Flag of Truce with the Money to the Enemy’s Outposts, addressed to the particular care of Colonel Smith, who is to be requested to cause the sd money to be paid to such marine Prisoners, & in such proportions as shall be pointed out by the abovementioned Gentlemen. I am, Sir Your Most Obedt Servt
P.S. Should the Gentlemen go in, they must be notified to wait upon Col. Smith in New York & take his advice & direction relative to their business.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.