Lot 1292
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Letter Signed (“Go: Washington”), 3 pp recto and verso, folio, Head Quarters, Newburgh, February 17, 1783, to George Clinton, regarding the payment of troops, leaves creased horizontally, toned, mild staining to both leaves, some separation at left and right margins of 1st page, 2nd page laid down to sheet.

With the war nearly over, Washington’s final challenge was to see that the troops who fought for independence were awarded their long-delayed pay. This letter asks the Governor of New York to make available to his pay master currency that is valid in New York state. In part: “Mr. Wetmore the Depy. Pay Master to this Army is authorized by the Financier to draw Bills upon Philadelphia and Boston for certain sums to be applied to the payment of the Troops weekly, and he is advised by the Pay Master General to use his utmost efforts to negotiate those Draughts for specie that the payments might commence with out delay … As the Money is extremely wanted, and as it will be expended & continue to circulate almost entirely in this State, I doubt not he will meet with every assistance.” Washington urges Clinton to make New York currency available to prevent both looting and the emergence of a black market economy: “I have taken much pains to prevent the violation of private property by the Troops under my command, and I cannot but flatter myself that the regulations which have been adopted will be attended with the desired effect. I have also established regular Markets, which I am persuaded will be found very convenient & useful to both the Country & the Army, especially as soon as the Troops begin to receive their Weekly payments.
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