Head Quarters Morris Town 28th May 1780.
I have recd your favr of the 17th. You have been very truly informed as to the extremity to which this Army has been reduced for want of Meat—they are now upon half and sometimes have been upon quarter allowance—The Quantity of salt Beef in your hands would be a most seasonable supply if it could be got here, but such is the difficulty of transportation, that I fear, if it was to be removed from providence, it would be left at a variety of places upon the Road, and perhaps none of it reach us in time to give relief. I would therefore, under present circumstances and appearances, wish you to have the whole repacked and kept in good order for removal at the shortest notice—I flatter myself we have prospects of bringing it by Water to the Army without danger. I am Sir Yr most obt Servt.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.