Fish kill May 8th 1781
I would inform Your Excellency that Judge Wynkoop had procured Fifty four Barrels of Shad the 5th Instant which I have ordered brought to Fish kill Landing and proportionably distributed amongst the Troops at New Windsor, West Point &ca together with what Mr Morrell may have procured, except the sixteen Barrels that went to Albany.
I have no knowledge of Salt meat, Cattle or Rum being on the Way from the New England States, and in Case I have no Returns from their Agents (which I wrote to by Your Excellency’s Direction, the 22d Ulto respecting Beef Cattle) by tomorrow’s Post, I shall renew my Application by an Express, notwithstanding I am convinced they must have received my former ones, soon after they were wrote, considering the Conveyance by which they were sent.
I inclose my weekly Return & have the Honor to be with due Respect, Your Excellency’s Most obedient Servant,
N. Stevens D.C.G.I.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.