Sir: I have your favor of the 20th Ulto. before me. Immediately upon receipt of it, I communicated the contents to the Dy Commissary (Mr Trumbull being Sick in Connecticut) as a business appertaining to his Department; but as Dep'y he wishes for the Direction of his Principal, to whom I could wish you to write, as he is at Lebanon and not expected back under three weeks. -- his intention I know, was to make both Beef and Pork bring itself to this Place; but as that cannot be in the case you mention, there is no doubt of his readiness to take the Beef, if delivered here in Barrels at the Price other Beef in Barrels stand him in here. -- perhaps (for an Encouragement) more, to get it out of the reach of the Enemy.
I thank you for your order in favor of Mr. Bowen, 75 who I am informed after some trouble, got the Cannon wanted, somewhat more convenient. Herewith you will receive a Copy of the Proceedings of the Conference held at this Place with the Committee of Congress. Nothing new since my last. With much esteem etc.
[Note:Ephraim Bowen, captain and agent for fitting out armed vessels at Plymouth, Mass. He was, later, a deputy quartermaster general. ]