Highlands April 14. 1782.
I was the last evening honored with yours of the 13th with copy of a letter from the honorable the secretary at war. I have called a meeting of the officers commanding brigades and regiments, for the purpose mentioned in your Excellency’s letter.
I am sorry the letter from the secretary at war is not more particular—or that mr Phelps or some other person for him, have not mentioned what fish the contractors wish to issue. It does not appear whether the fish are to be fresh or salt—or, if the latter, whether dry cod-fish, shad, or herring—or that all of them are meant to be comprehended. The matter, however, will be fully discussed, the opinion of the officers collected and communicated to mr Phelps by the next post, and a report made to your Excellency.
Three deserters from Robinson’s corps have just arrived, will be forwarded to head-quarters early in the morning. I have the honor to be With the highest respect Your Excellency’s Most obedient servant,
P.S. The enclosed arrangement of the captains of the Massachusetts line has been handed to me since writing the above—and is submitted to your Excellency.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.