Poughkeepsie Augt 21st 1781
Agreeable to His Excellency’s [Commands] I have copied & added some Things to his Instructions to Me, to be compleated together with my Appointment & returned to Me. I accepted on the 25th May, as per my Letter & signed the 7th June.
The Terms the Genl proposed were to be on an equal footing with Yourself with Respect to pay & subsistence Money. I wish this to specified, as also that the Pay to Myself & Writers should be in Specie or its equivalent. Let it be mentioned in particular about the Writers as His Excellency’s promise, they now hold me in the Gap.
I only proposed forage for one Horse, but on Recollection & upon finding that a much greater Proportion of my Time & personal Attention is necessary to the Execution of this Business with Propriety, & being loth to Carry my own Portmanteau at any Time while attached to any Duty under His Excellency.
Added to this, that in Winter it will be impossible to ride out on Horseback—I wish You to interest Yourself forage for another Horse, I engage not to draw it for more than one Horse unless I actually keep it. I wish a seperate Order for this. As also for fire Wood for the Office, as the Cold Weather is fast approaching—The Room in which the Office is kept ought to be paid for by the Public. my lodgings is an Affair of my own. I should not stipulate for pay for a second Horse, were I assured of punctual Payment by the Public, but past Experience has taught me a useful Lesson.
I wish further to be empowered to give one of t[he] Writers 60 Dollars per [mo.], as they draw no Rations [ ] any Thing else, & I wish one, besides his Ordinary Duty at Office Hours, in the Absence of the [other] to Assist me in Examining the Papers, this will justly deserve some Compensation.
My Deputies as well as your Humble Servt will want Cash in October at farthest to pay Board & other incidental Expences. The Writers cannot nor will they be induced to act without [it.] I wish Your private Information how this Matter will turn out.
I am hurried, I must therefore conclude with my Compliments & best Wishes to my friends with You. I only regret that I cannot be an attendan[t] with You, as all prospects of doing any profitable Law Business now vanish, till the Enemy are reduced. With every Affectionate Wish I remain Your Assured Friend & Very Hble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.