Philadelphia 15th April 1781
May it Please Your Excellency
On Compearing the Indent of Ordnance Stores &c. Requiered for General Clarks Expedition, with the Articles on hand it was found A Considerable Part was Wanting, It Appeared also that My Company was Much too Weake for the Duty to be done by it, and that nine or ten Artillery Artificers were also Necessary, in Consquence of which I Rec’d Orders to Prosceed to this Place, and forward with all Possible Expedition the Militarry Stores & Men Wanted—to Fort Pitt—I have found no dificualty in Obtaining the Stores, and I hope Your Excellency will See it Necessary to Order me A Reinforcement—I Presume your Excellency is well acquainted with the Number & Calibers of the Ordnance to be Made Use of on this Enterprize, My Company Consists of only thirteen Men, One Capt. & one Capt. Lieut. General Clarke Assured me Your Excellency was disposed to give every Assistance to the Expedition—Col. Procters Reg’t to which I belong in now within A few Miles of Philadelphia from which I wish to have my Company filled up, the Artificers Can be had at Carlisle—it is not necessary to observe that one full Company will Still be insufficient to Work Eight Peices of Artillery, and that I must Still have Recourse to Militia for further assistance.
I Expect the Boats will be all finished and at Fort Pitt the 10th of next month, I Shall wait there with Impatience for Your Excellencys Instructions Respecting the Men. I have the Honour to be with Due Esteem Your Excellencys Devoted Most Obedt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.