George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jeremiah Wadsworth, 14 November 1778

From Jeremiah Wadsworth

Fredericksburgh [N.Y.] Novr 14: 1778.


From No. 4 upwards to Newbury may be procured  500 barrels beef
 And  400 barrels flour.
At & near Albany 5000 Do Do—
 And 4000. do salted beef & Pork.

Mr Cuyler D.C.G.P. has taken measures to have Beef sufficient at Newbury for four thousand men sixty Days—And General Bailey asks for five hundred barrels of flour to compleat the supplies for the same number of men, the same term of time, But I have reason to believe the General is mistaken, and that six or seven hundred barrels will be wanted for that purpose. These may possibly be transported in sleighs in the winter—but the expences of the whole magazine at Newbury will be uncommonly great. If larger armies should be in the northern region than the above provisions will feed, they may be furnished in the summer with further supplies. The provisions to be at Albany by the middle of April according to this estimate are to be exclusive of feeding the Garrisons in that neighborhood through the winter. I am your Excellencys most Obedt & humble Servant

Jereh Wadsworth Com. Gen. P.

P.S. I expect an interview with my deputies the 20th instant, and can then give more explicit accounts of the dependance of provisions in every quarter.1


ALS, DLC:GW; LB, CtHi: Jeremiah Wadsworth Papers.

1For another report on the state of provision stores in New England, see Royal Flint to Tench Tilghman, 8 Nov. (DLC:GW).

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