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Your letter of the 25th of December was handed me some days since which I should have answerd before but from the multiplicity of business that demanded my more immediate attention.
I am sorry that you have so much reason to complain. The public expenditures for sometime past has far exceeded the revenues of the United States; and I have not the least doubt but that many of those intrusted with the public business have betrayed their trusts and made their fortunes by fleecing the public.
Though I am perswaded you serve the public to a disadvantage I hope notwithstanding you will not think of quitting the place you hold at this critical hour. Mr Long who is at the head of your department I dare say will do all in his power to releive you, and you must remember there is something due to the public as well as ourselves. I am Sir
your humble Serv
The Papers of General Nathanael Greene,
ed. Dennis Conrad et al.
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999). Full texts of documents calendared in
The Papers of General Nathanael Greene
(Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1994), Vol. 7, pp. 152-289. On the Web at http://mep.blackmesatech.com/mep/ [Accessed 4 November 2017]