Garrison West Point Jany 12th 1781
The enclosed is paragraph of a letter from Mr Foot, receiver of Cattle at Fish Kill, to Mr Watrous Superintendant of Cattle at this place; the contents of which are very alarming.
Instead of haveing large Quantities of beef salted in bulk at this place, the Connecticutt, & New Hampshire Hutts, as was intended, or pretended; about 200 head of small Cattle only have been salted here, & none on the other side of the river—no beef Cattle being on hand, the Commissary has been obliged to issue from the Store—not more than one or two days allowance remains of what has been salted in bulk; by the enclosed no Cattle are expected; what are we to do? all the salted meat in the reserves is but a very small Quantity, & will in a few days be dissipated, if broken in upon. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Your Excellencys Most Obedient Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
Fish Kill 11th Jany 1781
Yours of this date Just came to hand Am sorry to Inform you that I have no Expectation of having it in my Power to furnish you with many more Cattle this Winter—I recd Fifty-six Cattle from Massachusetts the day before yesterday which I Delivered the Commissaries on this side the River.
The Drover Inform’d me that those were the last that would be sent from that state if that be true the Army will soon be in a worse situation than at Present, as the chief dependance for Beef was first upon that State, Mr Phelps the State Agent wrote me sometime since that he would send on Two Hundred and Fifty Weekly, exclusive of those that were Intended for Barreling, but has fell vastly short of his Promise.
The above is an extract of a Letter from Eben. Foot Receiver of Cattle at Fish Kill, to Danl Watrous Supt Cattle West Point.