Coldenham Jany 25th 83
As I go on Monday to Join the Cantonment of the Regiment I am under the Necessity of applying for permission to draw Provisions for my Famely Consisting of five Canadian Refugees. the mode of Drawing Suggested by the Minister of War has obligd me to Trouble You. as by the Inclos’d Copy of Directions to the Contractors. I should be obligd to send the monthly returns to Albany & Draw there unless I can obtain yours or thro’ You his Excellencys interposition in my behalf—If his Excellency thought proper to furnish me with an Order to the Contractors for me to Draw five Rations Day for five Canadian Refugees being my famely it would I presume Answer the purpose for the Year unless misfortunes in my famely Should render it necessary to Alter the Quantity and at the Same time prevent troubling his famely with monthly Applications. but if it Should be thought most proper to apply monthly I offer to your Consideration the inclosd form which I could monthly transmit to Mrs Antill—I beg the favor of you to honor me with an Answer by the bearer—as I would be glad to make my little famely Arrangements before I Sett out. I am with Esteem & Respect your most Obedt very Hble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
c.25 January 1783
May it Please your Excellency
To direct Provisions to be issued to my family (being five Canadian Refugees) for the Current month Containing thirty one days inclusive being in the whole one hundred & fifty five Rations and Oblige his most Obedt very Hble Servt