George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Oliver Phelps, 22 June 1782

Head Quarters Newburgh June 22d 1782

Dear Sir

Since my conversation with you yesterday, I have been informed that the terms proposed to you by the State of Connecticut for taking their salted provisions, are grounded on an expectation of their being delivered at this River, & that their price is fixed on that ground; in which case, I suppose, an additional sum is fixed beyond that which could be proposed upon a certainty of its delivery at Connecticut River, only sufficient to cover the expence of its transportation; if this is the case, unless you have something in view more than is in my mind, perhaps there is no necessity of fixing, at this time, on the places of Deposit for the moveing Army, as the expence of transportation will be no more by and by than at present.

You are fully acquainted with the difficulties on my mind, which prevent my being able to fix on the places where it will be best for the provision to be lodged; If therefore my information is well founded, and my observations thereon appear to you in the light they do to me, I think it is necessary at this Time only for you to decide on taking the Provisions from the State, fixing the price on a supposition of their being deposited at Connecticut River, & leaving the contingent transportation to a future determination as circumstances may turn up.

But if your objections to this proposition should be insuperable, then fix on West Point as a place of Deposit for the [100] Barrels of provisions mentioned in the moveing Contract. I am sir Your Most Obedient Humble Servant

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