Warwick State Rhode Island August. 28th 1781
When I wrote to your Excellency, and requested your further directions, respecting the salted beef and Rum; It did not appear very probable it could have been ready to move before the Sailing of the French Fleet, but as they were detained by contrary winds until the 25th Instant, there was then about five Hundred barrels of salted beef, and ten or eleven Hogsheads of Rum shipped on board four small Vessels which that Day sailed with them, with directions to continue under their convoy until they should meet with some proper Person Authorised to receive it. I am with sincere Regard Your Excellencys most Obedient and very Humble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.