New Windsor Feby 15 1781.
In the settlement of the subsistence of the Army since the 1st November last, I cannot determine what ought to be allowed the Officers, as they have drawn from the Commissary one ration more than was formerly given them.
The Officers I am informed have an expectation, that this extra ration will be given for the deficiencies of their rations & parts of rations and for the almost universal want of every thing they sustain.
I am therefore to request your Excellency would please to direct me in this instance—the accounts being at a stand until it can be determined. I have the Honor to be with the greatest respect, Your Excellys most Obt Servt
Jno. Pierce Paym. Genl
DLC: Papers of George Washington.