George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel Theodorick Bland, 31 August 1778

From Colonel Theodorick Bland

Petersbgh [Va.] Augt 31st 1778


When yr order dated White Plains Augt 3d reached me, I was in Williamsburgh, whither I had gone to make application, to the Governor & Council for such horses Arms & accoutrements as had been furnished for Genl Nelsons Corps, which had now become useless to them by their being disbanded; An order for which I obtaind. Immediately on the receipt of yrs I repaird to this place to put every thing in a condition, to comply with your commands as speedily as possible, I (with some of the officers) have however been so unfortunate as to be attacked with the fever and Ague, which will necessarily retard our march; but altho I did not receive yr Favor untill the 24th of August I am in hopes I shall be able to set off the whole party tomorrow or next day at furthest, and shall march them with all possible expedition to Camp. I need not Recount to you Sr the Innumerable, matters that I have to adjust here in the Course of the great and various transactions that have been for some time past under my direction nor the Embarrasment under which I labour, on account of my being streighten’d for money, and the necessity of either continuing to purchase on credit or remaining Idle on expences with the whole party for some time past. My departure on that acct occasions no small uneasiness to those of whom I have purchased many Articles, & not less to me, who have pawnd my Credit. I have however left Capt. Lewis, to see to the finishing of The Accoutrements, and to discharge the Various debts for Horses &c. which I must leave unpaid. And as yr Excellency some time ago recommended to me to have respect to recruitg a troop for that Gentn I have left Cornet White who will probably belong to that troop, & a serjeant with a few men as well to assist him in that business. as, to bring up such men & horses as may not be fit to march.1 Capt. Lewis is at present unfortunately ill at home I have expected him here two days past, but have been disappointed. this will I fear prevent my setting off with the party, but shall not prevent my overtaking them on their march if my own health will suffer me, I hope soon again to Join the Army & am in the mean time with the greatest respect Yr Excy’s Most obedt & very H. Sert

Theok Bland


1Bland was apparently referring to GW’s letter to him of 3 July. John White was commissioned a cornet in the 1st Continental Light Dragoons on 25 June 1777.

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