George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Timothy Pickering, 4 May 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor May 4th 7 oClock P.M. 1781


Alarming accounts of the state of Provisions at Fort Schuyler, having this moment been received, it is necessary that an instantaneous exertion should be made, to throw a supply into that Garrison—You will therefore, cause a transportation to be made, of 50 Barrels of Meat, and 50 Barrels of Flour to Albany, without a moments delay: the flour can be taken from the Magazine at New Windsor—the meat (probably) from Fish-kill landing, as 60 Barrels came to that place since the day before yesterday—if the meat is not there—enough for the occasion, is at Fish-kill Town, & must be got to the landing & on board, as early as possible: it will be well to have the Vessel procured, got in readiness, and the flour (and if possible the meat) put on board this night—the execution of the whole business, should be trusted to the Most faithful and active persons, and conducted with the utmost expedition, as very much depends upon it. I am Sir Your Most Obedient Humble Servant

Go: Washington

P.S. Please to forward the enclosed to Mr Stevens—to night—I shall have occasion to write to General Clinton by the Vessel which carries the Provisions.

DNA: RG 93—Manuscript File.

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