From Joseph Trumbull
New York 19th April 1776
Comissary Trumbull’s best Respects, to Genl Washington, & Informs—That The Rations of Provision supplied by him to the Troops, at & near Cambridge, Genl Orders were & are
- 18 oz. Salted Pork—or 24 oz. Salted or Fresh Beef—Or 16 oz. Salted Fish man diem.
- 1 lb. Flour or Bread man diem.
- 1 qt Beer man diem—Or 9 gallns Molosses 100 men week.
- 3 pts Pease or Beans man week.
- 6 oz. Butter man week.
- ½ pt Rice—or 1 pt In[dian] Meal man week.
- 6 lb. Candles 100 men week.
- 24 lb. Soft or 8 lb. hard Soap 100 men week.
That he paid the Officers, their Rations at & after the rate of 7½d. lawfull money of New England ration—In which computation the fractions were given in favr of the Officer—Pork was Computed at 77/6 bl—Flour at 22/6 Ct. Beer was not to be had at Cambridge & Molasses was generally given at 2/ & 2/4 galln1—That he now Supplies the Same Rations in New York, Pork now Costs 66/ bl—Flour 12/ C[t] & Beer, which can be had, & Molosses cannot—the Beer Costs 7/6 bl—& all other Articles as Cheap, & the most a little Cheaper here than at Cambridge, The difference, arises from the difference between Land & Water transportation; so that there is nearly 1½d. difference in each Ration of Bread or Flour—& nearly ½d. in the Pork—So that he Judges, a Ration here will not ex[c]eed Six pence, or 6½d. Lawfull Money of New England—equal to 8d. or 8⅓d. Currency of New York.2
1. See Joseph Trumbull’s Estimate of a Daily Ration, November 1775, printed as an enclosure to Trumbull’s letter to GW, 20 Nov. 1775.
2. For Trumbull’s current disbursements at New York to regimental commanders for rations and to merchants for various provisions, see his account with the Continental Congress, 15 April–25 May 1776 (DLC:GW).