George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Nathaniel Stevens, 21 April 1781

Fishkill 21st April 1781

Your Excellency’s Favor of equal Date I have received: There has fifty Barrels of Salt Provisions & twenty six Cattle arrived from Connecticut since the Ninth Instant and Eighty Cattle from Massachusets. My immediate Dependence for a Supply was upon the Salt provisions put up in the latter, which appears to be about five thousand Barrels of Beef and three thousand Barrels of Pork deficient: In comparing their Deliveries with the Requisitions laid on them, who I am informed have nearly that Quantity collected, and a considerable part of the same now on the move—Also upon 60 Cattle Mr Phelps engaged Colonel Blaim weekly, the former of which I, in Consequence of their not coming on agreeable to promise, wrote to upon the Subject the fourth Instant, who was unfortunately on a Journey when the Express arrived at his house: His Assistant assured me that no Endeavours should be wanting in sending them on. I have also wrote very urgent to Connecticut upon that Subject, but have not received an Answer, however I shall immediately acquaint the whole of the Agents for the New England States, except Rhode Island; what Number of Cattle will be wanted weekly from each of them, which shall be calculated sufficient to answer our Consumption agreeable to Your Excellency’s Directions.

I can give no further Information respecting Rum, than what I wrote to Your Excellency the 14th Instant. I have the Honor to be with due Respect Your Excellency’s most obedt Servant

N. Stevens D.C.G.I.

P.S. Since the above was wrote I have received a Letter from Mr Pomeroy of which the inclosed is an Extract.

1230 Barrels of flour & 30 Barrels hard Bread was at
Sussex Court House the 19th Instant also
248 Barrels of Flour at Warwick & about
200 ditto at Ringwood which I have requested Colo:
Total 1678 Pickering to have brought on to New Windsor.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Extract of a Letter from Ralph Pomeroy D.Q.M. dated

Hartford 16th April 1781.

Your Favor of the 11th Instant I received Yesterday, upon which have written to Governor Trumbull & Council at Lebanon requesting them to deliver me the Rum purchased for the Army which if they comply with shall forward on to you as soon as possibly can.

I have made a Disposition for removing a considerable Quantity of Salt meat which hope will be speedy & effectual.

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