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Letter from Benjamin Lincoln to [Jethro Sumner]
Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810
July 05, 1782
Volume 16, Page 629

GEN. B. LINCOLN, SEC’Y OF WAR, TO THE OFFICER COMMANDING THE CONTINENTAL TROOPS IN NO. CAROLINA.

War Office, July 5, 1782.

Sir:

By the enclosed resolve you will observe that complaints have been made to Congress that Clothing and Stores ordered to the Southern Army have been delayed and embezzled on the road.

I wish, Sir, that you would make immediate enquiry into this matter, and should there appear to have been any unnecessary delays in forwarding the supplies, you will please to report them and point out a mode in which the articles may be forwarded with more dispatch.

If you find that there has been any embezzlement, you will, if in your power, report the Offenders and show by what means the stores may in future be transported with greater safety.

I have the honor to be Sir,
Your most obedient servant,
B. LINCOLN.