George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Stirling, 4 July 1779

To Major General Stirling

Head Qrs New Windsor July 4: 1779

My Lord

I received yesterday Your Letter of the 2d with an Extract from your Orders and the proceedings of a Committee of Officers for fixing the prices of provision.1 It is certainly much to be wished that expedients could be devised for appreciating the Money—and any reasonable measures that will contribute to this, will meet with my approbation. It is however evident that this can only be the effect of a general agreement—and that nothing less can be lasting. I have transmitted Copies of the proceedings of the Comittee of Officers to General Heath2 and Genl McDougal3—that they may be submitted to the consideration of the Officers of the Corps under their immediate command. If they agree to them, I shall direct the prices affixed to the several enumerated Articles to be published in General Orders.4 I am My Lord with great regard & esteem Yr Lordships Most Obedt sert

G. Washington

Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1This letter of 2 July from Stirling to GW has not been found.

2See GW to William Heath, 3 July, and n.3 to that document.

4For final regulations concerning prices of provisions for the right wing of the army, see General Orders, 3 July, source note.

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