Petersburgh 13. Jany. 
I have just received the inclosed from Col. Parker, and am very unhappy that till this moment I did not know of there being any Public stores at South Quay. I am now informd there is not only a Quantity of Powder, but a Number of Cannon at that place.
I have given Col. Parker the Command of the Troops, in the front, with orders, if possible to remove the Powder and Cannon out of the Enemy’s reach. I am with respect Sir Your Excellencys Most Obedt Hbl Servt
Steuben Maj: Gen
RC (CSt); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Steuben; partially dated; endorsed in part: “13 Jany 1781.” Enclosure: possibly Steuben’s Queries concerning Military Supplies, with Jefferson’s Answers, [before 14 Jan. 1781].