WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799). Letter signed (“G: Washington”) as Commander-in Chief, to Colonel Richard Gridley, Chief Engineer; Morris Town [New Jersey], 9 January 1777. 1p., in the hand of Washington’s aide Tench Tilghman, with integral address panel. Small marginal tears, light stains.
IN THE WAKE OF HIS VICTORIES AT PRINCETON AND TRENTON, THE CONTINENTAL ARMY BUILDS FORTIFICATIONS. ‘I rec’d yours of December last with plans of the several Fortifications in and about Boston. I dare say they are so constructed, as to answer the ends for which they were intended, in the most effectual Manner; but such is my multiplicity of Business that I have not had come to cast my Eyes upon them.
“I think it reasonable that Capt. Chadwick and your Son should be paid for your Services; and it is my desire, that Genl. Ward shall (upon sight of this) make them proper Compensation. It is impossible for the Quarter Master General to affix a price to the Boards. Nails, and other Materials used in building the Forts. I suppose they were Contracted for, at some certain price, and whatever that was, must be paid...” Published in Writings, vol.7, pp.485-486.