Philada 26 June 1781
I had the honour of your Excellencies letter of the 21 June 1781 yesterday about noon & immediately communicated it to the Board of War from which I obtained an order for shoes for the men that were to march & an application was immediately made for money to Congress, I was also informed that a demand had been made to the Executive Council for some militia to supply our place, having great reason to believe no steps had as yet been taken to draw them out, I directed waited on the Council and informed it of your orders & was told that it would be ten days before they could be ready.
The 13th Inst. I recd an order from the Board of war to hold the regiment in readiness to march & immediately gave out the necessary orders & took every step in my power to be ready for the final order which I did not receive ’till your Excellencies letter came to hand.
I am sorry it is not in my power to give you certain information on the three head you desire, Our departure depending on the militia being called out I cannot say any more than I have already done. Our time of arrival is also uncertain, as I am apprehensive of meeting some delay at Trenton in procuring waggons, but to prevent this as much as possible I shall send notice to the D: Qr Mr Genl there of the time of our departure as soon as I can ascertain it, as soon as I get to Trenton & can fix the time of departure I shall forward to your Excellency every information in my power.
I hope you will do me the justice to believe no endeavours shall be wanting on my part to expedite the business & that you will permit me to assure you that I am with respect Your Excellencies Most obedt Servt
Lewis Nicola Col. Inv.
Inclosed I send a return of the present state of the part of the stationed here.
We beg your Excellency will accept our thanks for your kind attention to the ease &c. of the regiment.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.