Fish Kill 9th August 1780
The late Derangement of every part of my business prevented my sending your Excellency before now the enclosed Copy of an order I gave Major Fonda, when in Albany, for victualling the Indians by Contract; though I look upon this as a profitable agreement, as it was not strictly in the line of my Duty I should not have adopted it, had not our then allmost total want of Provisions rendered such a mode not only eligible but absolutely necessary—It was approved of in writing by Colonel Vanschaick, and hope therefore your Excellency will please give your approbation on the inclosed Copy and retransmitt it to me; which will prevent any difficulty in settling the account.
Your pack Saddles are making and shall be forwarded by, Your Excellencys, most respectfull very obedt & most humble Sert,
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
Albany, 28. July 1780.
If the following method of supplying the Indians expected at Fort Hunter is approved of by Colonel Van Schaick commanding Officer at Albany; You will please put it immediately in execution as soon as the Indians arrive.
You are to Supply them in any way you think proper but so as no Complaints shall arise from them; for doing which you shall have the Price stipulated by the State for a Quantity of Beef & Flour equal to what they would have expended at one Pound of each per Day, their number and the time they are supplied to be ascertained in such way as the Commissioners of Indian affairs shall direct with the Current Price allowed for transporting the same twelve Miles and the pay given an Assistant Commissary of issues. You shall likewise be allowed for the small species generally given with Beef & Flour, according to a Certificate from the Dy Cy General of issues, what he generally issues of such species. I am, Sir, &c.