Head Quarters near passaic Falls 28th Octobr 1780
I am to request your Excellency to direct the salt Beef mentioned in your letter of the 31st August, and concerning which I wrote to you from Hartford, to be forwarded with as much expedition as possible to Fishkill landing, by the upper route, as that by Crompond has become dangerous, from the incursions of the Enemy’s Refugee Corps—I am the more anxious to have this parcel of salt provision brought speedily to the North River, as I see no other, on which I can depend, for furnishing a Winter supply of the important Garrison of Fort schuyler, and if it is not got up to that post in the month of November, it will be extremely difficult afterwards, from the badness of the Road.
Although the season is already arrived when the Magazines of salt Meat, for the ensuing Winter and Campaign, should be laid in, I cannot learn that the Commissary General has been enabled to put up a single Barrel—so far from it, it is with difficulty the troops, in any quarters are subsisted upon fresh Meat from day to day.
I have the honor to be with the highest Respect and Esteem Your Excellency’s Most obedt Servt
Ct: Trumbull Papers.