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To George Washington from Benjamin Lincoln, 19 December 1781

War Office 19th Decr 1781

My Dear general

I have the honor to inclose the Covenant between Mr Morris & Messrs Sanos for the purpose of supplying the Post at West Point & its dependancies with Provisions.

Your Excellency will observe that many matters are left to the decision of the Secretary at War or some person appointed by him to retain a gentleman constantly for this business would be attended with expence & evils might arise from his directions being unsatisfactory to the Army who might take up the Idea of his being in the interest of the Contractors. to prevent anything of this kind & to have that impartial determination which would give equal Justice to both parties I think upon a complaint being made to your Excellency or the commanding Officer at a seperate Post an Officer should be immediately appointed for the particular purpose of hearing & determining such complaint.

The number of Rations to be issued at what periods, what quantity should be kept on hand, at what times such Provision should be issued, to diminish if necessary the Ration, or to order Vejetables or other Articles to be supplied in the place of Rum are also matters which are with the Secretary at War.

These matters can be better done by your Excellency and by the Officers commanding at the several Posts.

Give me leave therefore to request your Excellency to undertake a determination of all such matters as are by the Contract within the province of the Secretary at War And to give the necessary Orders accordingly. I have the honor to be Your Excellencys Most obed. hble Servt

B. Lincoln

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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