Providence June 13th 1780
I have receiv’d your Excellency’s Favor of the 28th ulto. A very few Days after I wrote your Excellency respecting the Provision in my Possession, Two Vessels arrived here from Connecticut, sent by Peter Colt, Esqr., with Orders to the Purchasing Commissary here to get in a Quantity of Beef from Westborough, in the State of Massachusetts Bay, 34 Miles from hence: But the Season of the Year not permitting it’s being brought forward timely, and Mr Cole’s Orders being very pressing for a Supply for the main Army; I told the purchasing Commissary, Captn Asa Waterman, if he wou’d give me something under his Hand, setting forth the Necessity of the Case, &c., I wou’d ship 3 or 400 Barrels of Beef; and if it shou’d be wanted here, he shou’d get in some from Westborough for me, which he agreed to; and I accordingly shipp’d 350 Barrels & Tierces of Beef, and also Eight Casks of Codfish (as we had a larger Quantity of that Article on Hand, than we were likely to want very soon) to be deliver’d at Fairfield, Derby, or Hartford, according to the Appearances of Danger up the Sound, agreeable to Mr Colt’s Directions to the Purchasing Commissary. I consulted Two or Three of the Council of War for this State on the Propriety of my shipping Articles, who were fully of Opinion the Step was highly expedient and necessary, and which, as I acted purely for the Good of the Army, I hope will meet with your Excellency’s Approbation. I think there is not the least Doubt but the Vessels have arrived safe at some Western Part of Connecticut before this Time.
I am, with perfect Esteem,
Your Excellency’s most obedient
Soln Southwick D. C. G.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.