Fish Kill June 20th 1782
We take the liberty to inform your Excellency, that we are now urged by Governor Trumbull, to give him a definitive answer relative to our purchasing the salted Provisions, the property of the State of Connecticut—We cannot oeconimically give such answer until the place[:] of deposit shall be fixed, for the one Thousand Barrels which we, (as Contractors for Flesh for the moving Army) are obliged to furnish—We beg leave to suggest that the States of Massachusetts and Connecticut have salted provisions now lying in store on Connecticut River, the latter has also a quantity in the Western Towns of that State—That it will be extremely difficult for the Farmers to move such provisions by land in time of Harvest. We have the honor to be Sir your Excellencies most obedient humble servants
Oliver Phelps & Co.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.