Virga Richmond 5th Decr 1780
My Dr Sir
I have the pleasure to acknowledge the rect of your Excellency’s polite & friendly favor by Major Genl Greene, under whose comd promise myself no small share of happiness. and through his aid to be enabled, to arrange matters within my department, no little deranged by the late unfortunate defeat. It adds no little to my happiness that I merrit a share of your confidence, which shall endeavour to cultivate by doubling my exertions.
I was order’d by Genl Gates (after regulating matters as well as circumstances would permit) to repair to the State, & lay before the Legislative the distress’d situation of the remains of the troops under my command; with some difficulty have in a measure relieved their wants, at least so far as to enable them to take the field, with some tolerable degree of comfort, & I fully intended to have return’d to the Army immediately after obtaining my wishes; but the arrival of the Brittish troops at Portsmouth, & the confus’d situation of the State Artillery obliged me to cast my attention that way, & endeavour to fit a few pieces for the Field, this by the exertions of a few of my Officers, was effected in a little time. I must beg leave to ask your Excellency whether, it would not be advisable a few light 3 lb. Shoud be sent the Southern Army, such may prove very serviceable in so woody a Country; at present we have only six 6 lb. & two Howts. And now believe me Dr Sir with due respect, Your Obt Sert
DLC: Papers of George Washington.