Head Quarters Morris Town 27th March 1780.
I have received a letter from the Board of War in which they inform me that they had on the 18th Feby given directions to Otis and Henley to provide Uniform Clothing for your Regt, which I hope they will execute in a short time. They also inform me that they had undertaken to procure Caps, Leather Breeches and Boots for the Cavalry and had directed the Commissary Genl of Military Stores to make provision of Swords, Pistols and Cartouch Boxes. I have written to Col. Hubbard, to endeavour to procure the necessary quantity of saddlery and when obtained to deliver what is wanting by the respective Regiments to the commanding Officers. Here I must take occasion to enforce a matter which the Board of War have recommended, and which is, to draw no more than the Articles which are indispensably necessary, and no more of such Articles than are really deficient. The scantiness of our stores of every kind and the necessity of retrenching public Expenses by all possible means makes me hope you will pay the strictest attention to this request. I am, &c.
So much of this Letter as respects Clothing was sent to Sheldon only.
The same to Colo. Elisha Sheldon. 2d Lt D. Weathersfield.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.