To the County Lieutenants of Hanover and Certain Other Counties
In Council March 12th 1781
You will be pleased to send 1 effective men of your militia immediately to Williamsburg under proper officers. I would advise that they carry what good firelocks they have. Deficiencies I expect may be supplied.
I must beseech you to lose no Time in executing this order as the aid of these men is immediately wanting. Should the Call of such a Proportion of your militia render the prosecution of your Draught impracticable, you will be pleased to suspend the Draught until further Orders. I must expect your exertions to see that the full number be sent and that you inform me of it and the Time of their march. I am &c.,
FC (Vi); at head of text: “To the County Lieutenants of Hanover, Caroline, Spotsylvania & King William.”
1. Below the text of FC there is the following list of the counties with the numbers to be inserted in the letter to each at this point: “Hanover 245, Caroline 260, Spotsylvania 120, King William 55.”