Philadelphia 29 April 1781
I have this moment recd the inclosed letter for Your Excellency respecting the exchange of salt for Fish, and shall immedeately apply for an express to carry it on, a constant expectation of the Arrival of the Commissary General in Town has been the reason why the board has so long delayd ariving to any resolution.
If your Excellency should think proper to order the execution of this business through the channell of my assistants, Mr Monnell near Newburgh, Major Wyekooff at Fish Kill, Judge Wyncoop at Esopus, and Colonel Stoukenburgh at Albany would be the proper Persons to employ, whom I should write particularly on the subject, was I not ignorant of your Excellencys intention as to the quantity you would wish procured, as well as the general instructions You may think proper to give on the occasion; permit me however to hint it will be necessary that the farmers employd should have an order on the Qr master for an immediate supply of Casks, and a quantity of salt forwarded to them as soon as possible. I have the Honour to be with the utmost respect, Your Excellencys, most obedient and very humble Servant,
DLC: Papers of George Washington.