George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Comfort Sands, 4 March 1783

Philada 4th March 1783


I was favored with your Excellencys Letter of the 26th Ulto, and am happy to find the description I had given of West Point & its dependencies, was exactly conformable to the Idea held up in your letter to me in April last & your General order of 29th April 1782—at your particular request, those Contracts were hove into one previous to which I consulted Mr Morris, he was for the measure and wished it, and offered to consider all the Hospital issues as under the Moving Army Contract, & to prevent any difficulty Mr G. Morris proposed that your Excellency should determine a given Number of Rations for West Point & its dependencies for which onehalf penny should be deducted after this measure was agreed upon between the different Contractors, it became necessary that the distinction before observed between the two Contracts with the different Commissaries should be abolished, & upon the first day of July the time those issues was Blended, the New Regulation for the 3 per Cent on beef and for the officers Rations took place there was a necessity of Issuing New Orders to the Commissaries which was done, & instead of observing the distinction of the Contracts they was all directed to take the Receipt as Received of the Contractors of the Moving Army, this I expect is what you call a "wilfull infraction of that order on my part." how it could be Constered as such I am at a loss to know. if you suppose this was done for a deception you are mistaken. When Colo. Trumbull mentioned the matter to me which was I think in September, near three month after the Issues was Blended, I told him the matter was clear, that although all the Receipts was taken in that way yet that matter was perfectly understood between Mr Morris & myself, & I now inclose you the proposals I made to him previous to this conversation with Colo. Trumbull and his directions to the Comptroler[s] in consequence of it, which I flatter myself will convince you that I had no intention of Deception—I should not have troubled you with this Letter, but am well convinced that great pains have been taken by some person who had other views than serving the common cause, to prejudice you against me—I have no desire to trouble you unnecessarily—I hope this State of the matter will fully satisfy you. I am with great respect Sir your Mo. Obt Hume Servt

Comfort Sands

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


3 September 1782

Proposals made to Mr Morris by Comfort Sands & Co.,

That at the request of the Commander in chief both Contracts for West Point & the Moving Army from the first day of July last have been considered as one by the different Contractors, & the Accounts all brought in against the Public in one General Account. The Auditors & Comptrolers object to the settlement of them in that way unless they have the directions of the Superintendant of Finance. The Contractors will either agree to the mode proposed by Mr G. Morris that is for the Commander in chief to determine the Number, West Point Garrison should be considered for that Number deduct a half penny, per Ration, or will from the Number of Rations issued in these Posts which will appear by the returns take the half-penny per Ration.

Office of Finance 3d Septr 1782


I have entered into an agreement with Mr Sands in consequence of which I am to request that the Accounts both for West Point & the Moving Army may be settled at ten pence per Ration subject to a deduction of one half Penny per Ration, for all such as shall appear to have been delivered at West Point & its dependencies excepting those of the Hospital. I am Sir Your Humble Servt

Robert Morris

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