George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Philip Van Rensselaer, 9 February 1781

To Philip Van Rensselaer

Head Quarters N. Windsor 9th Feby 1781


I have recd your favr of the 1st instant inclosing your January return.1 If the late Commy of Hides retains the leather which he has upon hand, by the direction of the Cloathier General, it may be for some particular purpose, and therefore I would not wish to order it to be delivered to you, lest it should interfere with some arrangements in the Cloathing department—I should think you might obtain dressed leather, from the tanners, for raw Hides, by making the usual allowance. I am Sir Yr &.

Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

Van Rennselaer had also submitted a return the previous month. On 1 Jan., he wrote GW from Albany: “The Inclosed is my Return for the month of December since my last monthly Return” (ALS, DNA: RG 93, manuscript file no. 21435). The return has not been identified, but see Van Rensselaer to GW, 1 Nov. 1780, and the source note to that document.

1Van Rensselaer’s letter to GW of 1 Feb. 1781 has not been found. The enclosed return has not been identified.

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