George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Lieutenant Colonel Udny Hay, 5 June 1779

From Lieutenant Colonel Udny Hay

Fish Kill [N.Y.] 5th June 1779 3 P.M.


Yours of yesterday I recd two hours agoe.1 It gives me infinite pleasure to find that I have anticipated your wishes by having every thing done ordered in your Letter. All the valuable stores are sixteen miles to the N: E. of this—I have requested in the most pressing terms to have twenty Batteaux and two Scows from Albany, sensible that the communication between the two sides of the river must be kept up above the Fort, I have prepared every thing in my power at Fish Kill Landing for that purpose.

I hope my request from Albany will be complyed with, it was wrote in the strongest terms I was capable of—The Deputy Commissary here wrote to Mr Champion two days agoe at my request to forward on a large drive of fat Cattle.2 I have wrote to every other purchasing Commissary I could think of on that subject. I acknowledge it was out of the Line of my Duty, but fully convinced it was for the public good I run the risque of censure—I have likewise wrote to the Commissary at Rhynbeck to forward fifteen hundred barrells of flour he has in shops with orders ⟨fo⟩r them to lay afloat at Poughkeepsee till ⟨mutilated⟩ recd further orders.3

I wish the salt Provisions from the eastward would come into this State as fast as I could send it on to the Landing, I have sent express after express to the Qr Masters there, and have wrote the Governor on the subject who was so good as lay it before the Assembly but all to no purpose.

Enclosed is a state of our provisions here small indeed4 but nevertheless I think we shall be able to supply ourselves, about five hundred and twenty barrells of flour now afloat at the Landing, I believe we shall not want any of it on this side.

Rely on every thing in my power being done at this critical juncture, it is unlucky that I am troubled with an intermitting fever if possible it shall be shaken off.

The Letter for Col. Champion was forwarded by our most hasty express with a particular request to all officers civil and military to grant him every necessary assistance5—I am wt. real respect Sir, Your most obed. Serv.

Udny Hay

The Pork saddles I think about 50 in number will be Lodg’d with Capt. Mitchell Qur Mr at Newburgh.

ALS, DLC:GW. Hay addressed this letter to “His Excellency Genl Washington or The Honble Major Genl Green.” GW’s aide-de-camp Alexander Hamilton docketed this letter: “acknowld 7.” No letter of 7 June from GW to Hay has been found.

1GW’s letter to Hay of 4 June has not been found.

2This letter of 3 June from the deputy commissary at Fishkill to Henry Champion, Sr., has not been identified.

3Hay’s letter to the commissary at Rhinebeck, N.Y., has not been identified.

4This enclosure has not been identified.

5See GW to Henry Champion, Sr., 4 June.

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