Head Quarters New Windsor 25th Febry 1781
I have taken the General’s orders on the subject of your letter of the 24th. As Colo. Hay’s oxen appear to have been converted to the public use, justice requires they should be replaced to him—as it is not known certainly in what manner they were used and as it is not material to the public from what departments the compensation comes. The General directs that the quarter master general will deliver Colo. Hay a couple of good oxen in lieu of two taken from him. I am Sir Your most obt servt
A. Hamilton A.D. Camp
DNA: Papers of George Washington.