To Brigadier General Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Head Quarters White Plains 22 July 1778
My dear sir.
I had the pleasure of your favor of the 30th Ultimo by the last post.
I am sorry to find such a backwardness in Virginia in the service of the army. Perhaps it is fortunate for the cause, that our circumstances stand in less need of the great exertions of patriotism than heretofore, from the changes in foreign councils, and the open interposition of the French in our favor. But I am convinced you have left nothing undone, of encouragement, for the increase of your corps, or that could be of advantage to the service; and shall be happy to see you with such a number as you have collected as soon as their condition will admit of their joining the army. I would not advise you however to waste any time in waiting for the accoutrements you mention, as there is a pretty large supply of pistols and carbines coming on from the Eastward with which they may be furnished. In much esteem, I am Dear sir, your most obt and very hble servt.
Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.