George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Ephraim Blaine, 18 May 1780

Morris Town 18th May 1780

Please your Excellency

One Hundred and forty barrels of the salt Provisions mentioned in my last return has been delivered at the Magazine the residue I look for daily which is all I have any expectations of, and when that is used, the supply of meat will depend on Colo. Champion[.] I gave him very pointed instructions in February last and has wrote him Frequently since, to arrange Matters in such a manner as wou’d afford us an Ample supply of meat from the 16th of this month till the middle of July and furnished him with the principle part of what money I obtained from Congress for that purpose. I have had no late information from him of his success or what number of Cattle he can forward this and the next month (but hope they will be considerable) every means in my power shall be adopted to Keep up the supplies of meat but doubt its Impossible, shou’d Colo. Champion fail of my expectations, I shall try to procure some beef Cattle below Philadelphia, which should be forwarded with all possible dispatch, Remain with due Respect Your Excellencies Most Obed. and Most Hble Servant

Eph: Blaine C.G.P.

N.B. Colo. Stewart and Mr Durham will give you the necessary information respecting supplies in my Absence.

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