Hartford, March 10th 1780
Though I am out of public Employment, I feel myself too much interested in the welfare of the Army, not to look with concern on every circumstance, that is unfavourable to it—I was no less disappointed than troubled to find, that the Legislature of this state had dissolved without taken any measures to promote the Supply of the Army—This information appeared still more alarming, when I found that Col Blane had passed through this State on to Massachusetts, without prevailing with any Person to act in his Department, on the terms he was authorized to alter—There are now no public purchaser of provisions in the state; and Col Champion has sent off the last of his Cattle—By some accident Col Blane failed of seeing Col Champion, and the purchase of Beef is wholly at a stand—I determine to wait on his Excellency the Governor and his Council and endeavour to convince them of the necessity of attending to this important Object: but I assure your Excellency I have my apprehensions of your being out of Meat before the middle of next Month. I am, with the greatest Respect & Esteem Your Excellency’s Most Obed. Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.