To George Weedon?
In Council Nov. 2. 1780
Genl. Muhlenberg having found it necessary to employ in this state some Continental arms, we are much dispos[ed] to have the 50. Marylanders pressing to the Southward armed here, if you suppose that they will not be armed of the 1200 stand taken at King’s mountain and the 600 stand taken by Colo. Davie on Cornwallis’s retreat.
We shall immediately countermand all the militia called from the Proprietary counties, these being more remote from us, and most convenient to Alexandria should the scene of invasion be shifted to that quarter. After this deduction the militia called on will amount to about 4150, which with the new levies and volunteers (of whom Colo. Lawson writes me he shall have 1500) will be sufficient, and will lighten the difficulties of covering and feeding.
I am with great respect Sir Your most obedt. humble servt.,
RC (PPAP). MS contains no evidence of recipient’s name; the original is among the Weedon Papers in PPAP, and though there indexed as to “P. Cooke” (one of Weedon’s officers, at this time stationed near Hood’s, Prince George co.), the substance of the letter strongly suggests that it was addressed to Weedon.