Head Quarters New Windsor 29 May 1781
I have been honored with your favors of the 13th 14th. and 17th. instants. My late absence from the Army prevented my acknowledging them sooner.
If the Uniforms which were fixed upon for the troops of the States of North and South Carolina have not been ordered from Europe, I do not see that any inconvenience can attend the proposed alterations. I think, however, the Lace ought to be dispensed with as altogether superfluous and very expensive.
It seems reasonable that a due proportion should be observed between the pay of the deputies and principals in any department, and as Congress were pleased to augment the Salary of Mr Laurance the Judge Advocate General very considerably by the Resolve of the 10th of Novemr there can I think be no impropriety in augmenting the salaries of the Deputies also to 60 dollars per month which is what they request.
Sir Henry Clinton has informed me that it is not in his power to permit the transportation of Tobacco from Virginia to Charles town. I imagine there are Some Commercial Regulations in the way. But he says that he mentioned certain Articles to Colo. Magaw and Colol Ely which might be sent in and sold for the benefit of our prisoners; what they were I do not exactly recollect, but I think Lumber and Iron. I have the honor to be &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.