Your favor of the first Inst. I have received and in conformity to your request enclosed is a warrant on the Treasury for £256, the allowance of the public for four months. The Gentlemen who have engaged to go on this service, have generally proposed staying six months and have been usually allowed one month to go and another in returning, and have drawn warrants for half that service before setting out. The other half has been drawn for in their absence on the application of agents appointed by them to receive and remit the same. I have therefore pursued this mode in respect to your allowance. And you may rely on my furnishing such person as you shall advise me, with warrants for the remainder, on his application. I am much obliged to you for the tender of services; at present I have nothing to commit to you. In future I shall wish to correspond with you, especially whilst you are at Congress. The interest of the State will make that necessary, and inclination will also induce me to it. If in the course of which I may have anything particular to trouble you with, independent of public business, I will take the liberty of troubling you with the same.
You will oblige me by informing me of the time of your setting out, and how long you propose staying in Congress, as this may govern me in my requisitions respecting the attendance of other Gentlemen.