Fishkill 17th June 1782
The Mode proposed by your Excellency for settling the disputes between the Officers of the Army and us is perfectly agreeable to us and we should thankfully have embraced the first moment of your information by Col. Stewart, to have named a Gentleman of reputation on our part, But that our Comfort Sands was sett out on Urgent business to Philadelphia. the preceeding day. we now propose either Col. Malcom or Melanchton Smith Esqr. and hope either one or the other will be agreeable.
But Should the Gentlemen who have made the Complaints have any Objection to these Gentleman we beg your Excellency would please to name a Gentleman on our part also, as we have no desire to put of the enquiry and decision one moment. We have the honor to be Your Excellencies—Obedt & Very humble servants
Comfort Sands & Co.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.