George Washington Papers

Enclosure I: Joseph Trumbull’s Estimate of Commissary Expenses, 7–12 October 1775

Enclosure I

Joseph Trumbull’s Estimate of Commissary Expenses

[7–12 Oct. 1775]

An Estimate of the Cost of Such Articles for the Support of an American Army, consisting of 22,000 Men from the 10th October 1775 to the 10th May 1776, being 7 Months; as fall within the Department of the Commissary General

25,000 barrels Flour 44/ £55,000
12,000 barrels Pork 65/ 39,000
1,000 barrels Salted Beef 50/ 2,500
22,000 lb. Fresh Beef 3 days in a Week 25/ per Ct 29,100
200 barrels Beer or Cyder per day  5/ 10,500
22,000 pints Milk per day  @ 1d. 19,150
28,000 bushels Peas or Beans  6/ 8,400
6 oz. Butter per Man per Week 8d. per lb. 10,080
2 Gallons Vinegar per Man per Week 10,000
100 Hhds N[ew] E[nglan]d Rum 1,250
Hospital Stores uncertain—Say
30 Pipes Teneriff Wine 900
100 Casks Raisons 50/ 250
100 barrels Oat Meal 200
£186.330
add Contingencys 13,670
£200,000

I compute the Pork, as drove to Camp; if bo’t in the Country, the Transportation will Cost 20/ per barel more—in the whole £12,000—Beer & Cyder, Vinegar, Wine, Raisons and Oatmeal, & 50 Hhds Rum, already Purchased

Jos: Trumbull

Copy in Thomas Mifflin’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; copy, DNA:PCC item 169. Joseph Trumbull received the request for this estimate on 7 October. See Joseph Reed to Joseph Trumbull, 5 Oct., quoted in GW to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 5 Oct., n.3, and Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., to GW, 9 Oct. 1775.

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