Newburgh May 7 1781
Orders will be given forthwith to have a vessel got ready to carry a 100 barrels of flour to Albany.
The necessary orders have been given, & in the most pointed terms, relative to the flour on the communications between this & Pensylvania; & as (other means failing) actual payment is to be resorted to, I cannot entertain an idea of disappointment.
An express will go to-morrow for Boston. I will send him by the way of Danbury with a letter to Colo. Hughes, extending his powers. This may require an additional expenditure of money.
By the same express I will again write to Mr Pomeroy, shewing the additional distressing demands for provisions to supply the troops above, & the indispensable necessity of transporting immediately all the salted meat westward of Connecticut river.
I have directed the express from Albany to proceed with your Excellency’s letters, & enjoined him to call on Governour Clinton at Poughkeepsie to leave your Excellency’s letter and a letter from the President of Congress, addressed to him. I have the honour to be with the greatest respect your Excellency’s most obedt servt
T. Pickering Q.M.G.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.