To John Browne
Richmond Feby. 12th. 1781
You will be pleased to provide in the neighbourhood of New Castle flour and stalled1 beef for 50,000 rations to be applied to no use but on my special order that these are meant to be applied. The beef must be kept ready for Slaughter at the Shortest warning.
The proceedings of Council this day explain this order; the rations were to be gathered “in case of any french forces coming this way” (Va. Council Jour., ii, 291).
1. That is, stall-fed.