To Samuel French
Head Quarters [Valley Forge] 17th May 1778.
By your last return it appears that the musket cartridges in camp amount only to about 140,0001—as this number is very far from being adequate to the demand, you are without loss of time to take the most effectual means for increasing it very largely—Acquaint me in the mean time with your prospects that I may know what to depend upon. I am Sir &c.
Df, in John Laurens’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. “A Return of Ordnance and Military Stores received and delivered by samuel French Commissary of Military Stores with the Army in the Month of April 1778, Also shewing the Ballance remaining on hand the 1st of May 1778” indicates that 143,204 musket cartridges were available at camp on 1 May (DNA: RG 93, Miscellaneous Numbered Records).