Letter from Colonel Trumbull, Commissary-General


The Letter from Colonel Trumbull, received at noon, was again read, and here follows, viz:

"King' s Bridge, September 16, 1776.

"GENTLEMEN: Yesterday our troops evacuated New-York to the enemy, and mean to make a stand at and near this place. In the retreat, I have been obliged, to leave behind large quantities of flour, which reduces our magazine too low. It is absolutely necessary to have a large quantity soon. I have taken measures to get it in; but, fearing the apprehensions of the people may prevent their coming, and thereby distress the army, and knowing your body to be in a great flour country, I must beg the favour of you to forward, with all despatch, whatever flour can be had at and about Fishkills to Spiting Devil Creek, or as near it as may be. I much expect the ships up the North River again by and by: this makes me in the greater hurry to have this measure effected, as it may save us great expense and difficulty in land carriage. Perhaps it may be best to ensure the vessels of flour against the enemy: this and the price I will submit to your direction. The money for the flour will be ready, and paid on delivery.

"Your aid and assistance in this matter will greatly oblige, gentlemen, your most obedient, humble servant,

"Jos˙ TRUMBULL, Commissary-General.

"To the Hon˙ the Convention of the State of New-York."