Office of Finance 31st Decr 1782.
I have received your Excellency’s favors of the twenty first and twenty fifth Instant. Colo. Tilghman had already mentioned the Cannon which Mr Billings engraved and I assured him I would pay for it. This assurance I beg Leave to repeat and to add that if your Excellency will be pleased to draw on me in his favor the Bill shall be duly honored. In such Case I wish the Service may be specified in the Bill so that the Warrant grounded on it may at once be carried to the proper account.
I presume Sir that the Quarter Master General who is by this time at Head Quarters will have taken the necessary arrangements for obtaining the Forage required. With perfect Respect & Esteem I have the Honor to be Sir your Excellency’s most obedient & humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.