George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Timothy Pickering, 7 May 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor May 7th 1781

Dear Sir

Since I wrote to you the last Evening, respecting the transportation of the salted Provisions, I have received Letters from General & Governor Clinton, informing that the Troops on the frontier, are on the point of mutinying, and the Garrison of Fort Schuyler of abandoning that Post, for want of Provisions of every kind; in consequence of which, I have thought proper to have 100 Barrels of flour, forwarded to Albany, which you will be pleased to have transported accordingly.

The total want of meat was the sole reason, why I have not sent a quantity of that Article also. As soon as any arrives & can possibly be spared, the Troops in that quarter must be supplied with a proportion of it—This, you will observe, makes the transportation of the whole of the salted Provisions, on the West side of Connecticut River, immediately & indispensably necessary; and as this seems to exceed the Commission of Colonel Hughs; it will require some farther attention.

I do not mention any thing further about the flour on the communication from Pennsylvania; because, I suppose the Arrangements are all properly made, & the business in the best train of execution. I am Dear Sir Your Very Hble Servt

Go: Washington

P.S. Be pleased to forward the inclosed by the Express who came from Albany; & instruct him not to fail of calling on Governor Clinton, by any means.


DNA: RG 93—Manuscript File.

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