The Virginia Gazette

November 28, 1777: 148. Page 2, Column 2.

THE Hon. Continental Congress having directed a magazine of provisions to be laid up in this state for the continental army, I hereby give notice that I will allow forty shillings a hundred Virginia currency for pork, four shillings per bushel for pease or beans, and ten shillings per barrel for Indian corn, ready money, until a necessary quantity is obtained. It will be most convenient to receive the grain on York, Rappahannock, and Potomack rivers. The pork may be delivered at Suffolk, Smithfield, Cabin Point, Petersburg, Manchester, or Richmond, on James river, Hanover town, or Aylett's warehouse, on York river, Fredericksburg, on Rappahannock, and Alexandria, on Potomack. These prices will not be exceeded, and therefore I hope all those who are disposed to accept them will give immediate notice thereof to Mr. James Hunter, assistant commissary of purchases at Fredericksburg, or to me in Williamsburg. I would say a word to forestallers and engrossers, but I flatter myself, after the abhorrence denounced against them by the Hon. Assembly now sitting, that none will be found hardy enough to engage again in that iniquitous business. Indeed I have hopes that the honour of my countrymen, and their attachment to the noble cause we are contending for; will, at this critical period, excite a hatred against every idea that may tend to interrupt the present pleasing prospect of success, by throwing difficulties in the way of supplying the army. I shall want a number of pork barrels at the above mentioned places, for which I will allow a dollar each, and to engage with proper persons to make pork and bacon.

W. AYLETT, D. C. G. P.