George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Lincoln, 23 June 1782

Philadelphia Sunday morng 23 June 1782

My dear General

I have the pleasure to inform you that Mr Morris agrees to the propositions you laid before him relative to issuing to the Officers and to the regiments by companies, and to the three [perCt] allowance to the Troops and the two to the contractors.

The officers may draw the whole or part of their rations as shall be most convenient for them it is quite immaterial to the public.

Your Excellency will please to give the necessary orders for carrying the new system into effect.

I am convinced that Colo. Stuart will do every thing in his power for the Army and that he will accomodate them in every thing they can reasonably hope for—and I am equally sure that this line of conduct will continue him the esteem and Confidence of the Army, and that they will cheerfully give him every assistance he may need—Carting flour from this City where much of it must be purchased will be a heavy expence if in any instance the public team can give the contractors aid, I think the public interest will be promoted by it, for the success of all future contracts will depend on the issue of this—if the individuals of it should make some thing handsome for themselves many will solicit for a future one but if on the contrary they are loosers others will be cautious. Colo.—Stuart will be in Camp in a few Days.

Mr Morris will, I suppose, officially answer your letter covering your Excellency’s propositions. I have the honor to be with perfect esteem your Excellencys most Ob. ser.

B: Lincoln

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