To Colonel William Malcom
[White Plains] 2d Septr 1778
I recd your letter of the 31st Ult. with its inclosure.
The troops are intitled by a general order of the 6th August to one gill of rum or whiskey per day when to be had—but it was not my intention that they should be allowed tickets for deficiencies.
In case the gally is of service or can be an additional security to your command, Captn Lewis may engage seamen, but upon no other consideration. I am Sir &c.
P.S. The militia are to have the same allowance in every respect as the soldiers in this army.
Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.