Fish Kill 9 July 1780
Your Excellencys letter of 30th ult. reached this in my absence, the baker was ordered on to West Point, where General Mcdougal was of opinion he could not give him the necessary assistance for rendering him of that service your Excellency designed—As soon as I knew this I sent to West Point after the baker, and proposed his coming to Fish Kill Landing, but he was unluckily gone.
After receiving your orders to turn out teams to bring on the flour from Sussex [I we]nt to that place, and proposed to the Qr Master, either to procure Forage for our teams after they enterd Jersey, or send on the flour to the borders of this State, he nor only proposed doing the latter but said that the flour would be deliverd at Chester, upon which I raisd a large number of teams and sent on as far as Warwick, but not a barrell of flour there, and having no money they were oblidged to return empty, this circumstance has really embarrassed me much, and I am affraid will render the inhabitants much more backward in turning out again than they otherwise would have been; I shall make them as handsome an apology as I can, what effect it may have I am at a loss to determine. I have the Honour to be wh the greatest respect—Your Excellencys most obedient and very humble Set
DLC: Papers of George Washington.