Head Quarters New Windsor, N.Y. [May 7th 1781]
I had the honor to receive, last night your Excellency’s letter of the same date.
In consequence of Brigadr Clinton’s information of the 30th Ulto I instantly ordered 50 Barrels of flour, & 34 of Meat (being every Barrel of the latter we had on hand) to be sent to Albany; for a partial releif of the Garrison of Fort Schuyler—I know it was very inadequate, but it was our all, since which not a Barrel of salted Provision has arrived.
I have now directed 100 Barrels of flour (out of 131 which is our whole Magazine) to be immediately transported to Albany—This supply, shall be followed by another of Meat, if any quantity should come in from the Eastward—In the mean time I have written, some days since, to General Clinton to draw (by Military coercion if necessary) whatever supplies have been collected for the Continent, from all the Counties of Massachusetts most contiguous to him. I have also empowered him, to procure [fish by] exchanging salt for them. Whatever more within the limit of my ability, can be suggested or done for the security of Fort Schuyler, and the protection of the frontier shall be most seriously attended to and strenuously attempted by Your Excellencys Most Obedient, and Very Humble Servant
P.S. I shall be extremely happy to see you, in order to converse freely on the subject of the Troops & Frontiers of this State.
N-Ar: George Clinton Papers.