George Washington Papers

From George Washington to James Bowdoin, Sr., 22 July 1780

Head Quarters July 22d 1780.

Dr Sir

Unfortunately for us, the Alliance Frigate, to which the arms and powder we expected were committed, is not arrived. The disappointment will frustrate our prospects unless we can obtain aids from the particular States; few of which, however, have it in their power to afford us any. All the arms we can muster in the public possession for our recruits, do not exceed six thousand, whereas double the number will be wanted. I am therefore compelled to request of the State of Massachusetts a loan of three thousand Arms; and if they have any cartouch Boxes, as many as they can spare. It is essential, that whatever of these Articles can be furnished, should be forwarded without delay, to Fish-kill and delivered to the Commissary of military stores there. I must also intreat your Excellency to have this effected, as the officers in the service of the Continent are without means of transportation. The time presses so much that not a moment is to be lost.

I again beg leave to repeat, my intreaties that the measures in execution may not be suffered to relax, but may be pushed on with increased activity and exertion. The time, my dear Sir, is precious beyond description. None but those thoroughly acquainted with the nature of the objects in view can form a just idea of it. I have the honour to be with the sincerest respect and attachment Your Excellys Most Obt hum. servt

G. Washington.

P.S. I am anxious to know, as soon as possible, what may be expected in the Articles of Arms and powder.


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