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New Windsor [ New York ] February 25, 1781 . Directs Berrien to deliver to the bearer “all Articles in your hands procured for Hospital uses.” Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Berrien was hospital storekeeper at Danbury, Connecticut.
It has been reported to me that you have in your hands a quantity of hospital stores purchased for public use which you refuse to deliver, alleging that they were procured on private credit. Whenever a public officer purchases articles for the public, it is taken for granted that it is on public credit, and a detention of them to the injury of the service cannot be justifiable. I persuade...