George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Joseph Trumbull, 20 November 1775

From Joseph Trumbull

Lebanon [Conn.]
20th Novr 1775

May it Please Your Excellency

The Disease I have been Afflicted with has given such a Shock to my Constitution, as still disables me from Travelling to Cambridge, where I want much to be, but Sickness must be Submitted to; I hope soon now to be able to Travel, if the Weather is tollerable.

I have been making every necessary preparation, within my Department, for the Subsistance of the Army, & find I have got a good Supply of Flour, at Camp, & on the Roads leading thereto, & have now given Orders for all to stop Twenty Miles back from Cambridge & Roxbury, on the different Roads, from whence it can be haul’d at all Times, & in the worst Seasons.

I am now also Collecting Pork & Beef agreeable to direction of Congress, to drive to, & within twenty Miles of Camp, & there to be killed & Salted, & have Contracted to have it done so as, to make the saving to the Continent full equal to my most Sanguine Expectations1—This Branch of Business, will make a heavy Demand on the Pay Master, which I hope he is able to Answer, as it Would give great uneasiness to the Farmers not to get their Money on the Delivery of their Cattle & Hogs, & me great trouble to have them to pay afterwards—On what Your Excellency wrote me when I drew last to pay my Flour Contracts,2 I took the Liberty to write, to the Delegates for this Colony, what Sums, I should probably want, & the necessity of my being Supplied, at the present Season, which I hope will forward Supply’s of Cash to the Paymaster, to Answer the necessary Demands on him.

Some Considerable Sums of Cash will be wanted for Beef & Pork, & to pay up the Officers Rations, those of them, who are like to leave the Service before I can come to Camp—& I have directed Mr Avery to apply to Your Excellency for a Warrant or Warrants, as may be needed—Whatever Sums, Your Excellency has or shall give Warrants for to him, I will be Answerable for, & underwrite to his Rects on my Arrival—I have made out an Estimate of the Cost of a days Ration—which is Annexed for Your Excellency’s Inspection & Approbation, as a Rule to pay the Officers by.3 I am, with the greatest Respect & Esteem Your Excellency’s Most Obedient & most Humble Servant

Jos: Trumbull


1For Joseph Trumbull’s proposals regarding pork and beef, see his letter to GW of 6 September. For Congress’s directions on this subject, see minutes for 20 Oct. in the Proceedings of the Committee of Conference, 18–24 Oct. 1775, Document II, Minutes of the Conference, and JCC, description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends 3:273, 323.

2Trumbull is probably referring to GW’s letter to him of 2 November.

3See enclosure.

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