Fishkill April 20th 1781
May it please Your Excellency,
I would acquaint Your Excellency that I have consulted Mr Morrell, the Gentleman that proposed putting up a Quantity of Shad, and find him to be destitute of the Means of Purchase; He says he expects he can have a Sufficiency of Fish to fill six hundred Barrels for three Pecks of Salt per Barrel, but that he shall not be able to procure them upon Trust, and as it is not in my Power to promise Payment to his Acceptance, I have been under the Necessity of dismissing him upon the Subject. I have the Honor to be with due Respect, May it please Your Excellency Your Excellency’s most obedt Servant
N. Stevens D.C.G. Issues
DLC: Papers of George Washington.