8 July 83
I am just favord with your Letter of Yesterday.
As the intent of sending the Troops on the Lines was to asist the Civil Authority any disposition of them best suited to answer that purpose will be perfectly agreable to me.
Tho I could have no objection to your visiting N. York under other circumstances—in your present situation I cannot help thinking it would tend to promote what I have carefully endeavoured to avoid—an intercourse between our Troops and the British—for—if the Restraint is broke thro’ in one Instance the other Officers will claim the same indulgence—the same reasons may be urged against your sending in any of the Soldiers of your Command.
With Respect to the expence attending your situation—I cannot say how far I am at liberty to make you any allowance for it—but you may believe I shall be happy in doing whatever may appear Just & Reasonable. I am &c.
[ ] Hull
DLC: Papers of George Washington.