From George Muter, with Reply
War office Feby 3d. 1781.
I beg leave to inform your Excellency, that Capt. Irish received orders yesterday from Barron Steuben to be ready in three days to proceed to North Carolina, where he is to remain. This will immedeatly leave the state without a commissary of military stores, which (if not quickly remedied) will be productive of confusion and inconvenience.
I have the honour of enclosing a warrant in favour of Jno. Ellis for your Excellencys approbation. He has been a considerable time kept out of his money, and hopes by means of the warrant to be enabled to pay his taxes.
I have the honour to be Your Excellency’s most hl servant
George Muter. C.
Mr. Harmer begs to know the determination of your Excellency and the Honorable Council on his proposal of yesterday, relative to the hiring his negroes.
In Council Feb. 3. 1781.
Col. Muter will be pleased to look out for an active attentive officer to undertake the duty of Commissary of military stores.
RC (Vi); addressed and endorsed. TJ’s reply, in his own hand, is at foot of text. Enclosure not found, but the War Office Journal (Vi) has an entry under this date reading: “Warrant, to John Ellis for Nine hundred & twenty two Pounds ten Shillings due him for services performed & sundry articles furnished to the States Foundery in the year 1779. Account for the same & Manager’s certificate lodged in this Office.”