Poughkeepsie 20. January 1781.
The resolve of Congress, requiring Supplies from each State, is worded in such a manner as makes it appear they did not intend any allowance should be made for the Transportation thereof, but that they should be furnished by each State (the expence of Transportation included) at an average Price—As therefore I have now a Quantity of Flour & Forage at different Landings on the River, from whence, I imagine, it is the Business of the Public Officer to take them away; I must beg your Excellency will give the necessary Directions, on the Subject, as I do not think myself Justifiable in occasioning an Expense to the State, which ought to be bore by the United States, though, in the mean time, I have desired my different Assistants, who have any Stores deposited on this side the River, to have them Transported to Fishkill Landing as expeditiously as possible, and promise those who furnish Teams for the purpose, that they will be paid, either by the State or the Public, as shall hereafter be determined.
Should the Transportation of the Stores, already at any of the Landings, be deemed the Duty of the Public Officer, Your Excellency may rely, that on his application to me, he shall have every Assistance in my Power to grant; for though I wish to be as saving, as I with propriety can in the Expenses of the State, I by no means wish to be so in my own personal Trouble, where the good of the Public is the least concerned. I beg to hear from your Excellency on this Subject; and have the Honor to be, with the utmost Respect, Your Excellency’s most obedient & very Humble Servant,
DLC: Papers of George Washington.