NG has been unable to reply to Moore's letter of 25 December 1780
because of a "multiplicity of business."[1
] He regrets that Moore has "so much reason to complain." Public expenditures have exceeded revenues for some time, and NG is sure that "many of those intrusted with the public business have betrayed their trusts and made their fortunes by fleecing the public."[2
] Although Moore serves at "a disadvantage," NG hopes he will not quit "at this critical hour."[3
] Mr. [Nicholas] Long, who heads Moore's department, will do what he can to relieve Moore; but Moore "must remember there is somthing due to the public as well as ourselves."
] It is interesting that NG, who only six months before had defended officers in the quartermaster department from charges that they had unduly profited from their posts, was now voicing similar charges against others. (For an example of NG's defense of his staff officers, see PGNG, 6: 104