To Otho H. Williams
Treasury Department July 10. 1794
I am to acknowledge the receipt of Mr Richmonds1 letter of the 1 instant.
It is inconceivable to me what can produce so great a disproportion between the price of Rations in Baltimore and Philadelphia.2 At all events I am determined not to give the Price demanded, untill convinced by experience, that there is no Alternative. To ascertain this fact, I have to request that you will purchase Provisions and have them put on board of the Cutter to be issued as in other Cases by way of trial for Six months, allowing the usual Supply. The Aggregate may be Apportioned into a rate diem and so charged in your Accounts.
I am with great Consideration Sir Your most Obedt. Servant
Otho H Williams Esquire.
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1. Christopher Richmond.