Fish kill April 14th 1781.
May it please Your Excellency,
I had the Honour of receiving Your Excellency’s Letter of Yesterday, in Obedience to which acquainted Colonel Pickering the State of Connecticut had Forty Hogsheads of Rum at or near Hartford and Fifteen at Philadelphia; The former Quantity Mr Pomeroy informs me has not been delivered to him for the Purpose of forwarding. I also informed Colo: Pickering that there is a considerable Balance of that Article due from Massachusetts State, I expect two or three hundred Hogsheads at least, and that I had wrote very urgent to the Agent and Deputy Quarter Master of the State representing our Situation and requesting they would send us one hundred Hogsheads or more soon as possible.
Twenty seven Beef Cattle arrived Yesterday from that State, and the Drover brought verbal Information from the Agent that fifty head would be on, the ensuing Week. I have the Honour to be with due Respect, May it please Your Excellency, Your Excellency’s most obedient Servant,
Nat. Stevens D.C. Genl of Issues
DLC: Papers of George Washington.