To Brigadier General Henry Knox1
[Preakness, New Jersey, July 22, 1780]
The alliance2 is not come nor our arms, nor our powder. They probably will come with the second division we want to know what we can do in the meantime in the article of arms without those; will you send us immediately a memmorandum of what we have to your knowledge? Do you know whether the Eastern States can furnish any on loan and in what proportion. We must borrow of them and borrow of our allies, if we cannot we must go to sleep.
GW description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The Writings of George Washington (Washington, 1931–1944). description ends , XIX, 228 note 98.
1. Knox, like H, was at Preakness.
2. This refers to the American frigate Alliance, which, along with the Ariel, was supposed to be bringing arms and clothing that Benjamin Franklin had purchased in France for the American forces.