Head Quarters 17th June 1782
I have to reply to your three favors of the 15th.
A Copy of your Application in favor of Colo. Greatons Appointment to be a Brigadier, is submitted to the Consideration of the Sectry at War, with my Approbation—and the promotion will probably take place.
The Commandg Officer of the post at Dobbs Ferry, should undoubtedly be furnished with a public Horse for the purpose of sendg by Land such Dispaches as he may have Occasion to convey in that Manner—You will please to give Order for the purpose.
I had written thus far, when your Letter of the 17th arrived. I know nothing more respectg the Forage used by the french Army in this State, than I did when you wrote me upon that Subject—I now return you the Letter of Genl Beville; with this Observation, that I do not recollect any thing more than a cursory Conversation with Genl Rochambeau on that Head—nothing determinate respectg Pay for it was ever said, that I remember—the Idea, when we arrived on that Ground was not that I know entertained by any one—But the Orders of Congress must be attended to—If the Arbitrators are driven to a Decision under present Circumstances, they must make the best Estimates they can, I have no Directions to give—I dont at present see anything to prevent Colo. Hulls Attendance on the Arbitration—If any Danger or Inconvenience should be observed, it may be remedied on its Appearance.
Lieut. Frye must remain in his present Situation untill some Determination can be made respectg him—his Case will be laid before the Secretary at War. I am with Regard & Esteem D. Sir Your most Obed Servant
P.S. If Genl Beville’s Letter is communicated to the Arbitrators, I beg you will let my Observations upon it be laid before them also.
MHi: Heath Papers.