Head Quarters Newburgh May 1st 1782
I have had the honor to receive your Letter of the 22nd of April respecting the interference of the Contract for the Moving Army, with the Contract for supplying the Troops in Jersey;I am happy to find your ideas coincide so well with my own.And as no application has been made to me on the subject by the Contractors, I hope & expect these matters will be settled without coming before me.
By the inclosed Copy of a Letter to Mr Sands you will be made more fully acquainted with my sentiments on the interference of the Contracts; I have besides informed some of the Contractors in conversation, that I cannot & will not, after that warning, be embarrassed by an attention to the interest of Individuals, so as to prevent disposing of the Troops under my command in the most advantageous Manner I am able—They seem to be sensible of the propriety of my observations, & disposed to do every thing that is just & equitable on the premises, remarking only that it would take some time, where there are so many separate interests concerned, to bring about an Arrangement upon so large a scale. I have the honor to be Sir Your Most Obedt & Hble Servant.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.