Hartford May 15. 1781.
I arrived here yesterday afternoon, found the General Assembly sitting, presented your letter to Governor Trumbull, together with a representation containing the spirit of my instructions. This morning I attended the Governor, Council and the Representatives in Council-Chamber—when the papers were read, and I had an opportunity to speak on them—The papers were committed to a Committee of both houses. I have the pleasure to acquaint your Excellency, they had that attention pai’d them which their interesting importance required—A resolution has passed to send on immediately one hundred and sixty head of beef-cattle, which it is supposed will amount to five thousand rations per day to the first of June—One thousand barrels of salted meat is also to be forwarded with the greatest dispatch—with a quantity of rum—There is about a thousand barrels of salted meat deposited in this town—it has been repacked, and is well stored. I shall endeavour in the morning to obtain a return of the whole quantity which has been procured in this state—believe an accurate return has never been given in of the whole.
An addition is made to the Committee of both Houses, who are to proceed to the consideration of the great Supply for the campaign[.] Their resolutions on this head, I think, will equall your expectations. I have sent an express to Mr Phelps to forward all the beef-cattle he can command without a moments Delay. Shall proceed to Rhode Island to morrow. I have the honor to be With the greatest respect, Your Excellency’s Most obedient servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.