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This will be delivered your Excellency by an Officer of Colo. Armand’s Corps who will also present a List of some few articles necessary to render that Corps fit for Service.
The absolute necessity of employing this Corps induces me to request your Excellency’s assistance in procuring these Articles for the expence of which I will answer for the Continent.
The advantages of a Superiority in Cavalry are evident. The Enemy have now near 100 Mounted. This makes me urgent with your Excellency to afford me your Assistance in putting this Corps in a state to render service to the Country. I am &c.
Colo. Armand: Armand-Charles Tuffin, Marquis de La Rouërie, a French cavalry officer who was commonly known while serving in America as Armand; he received a colonel’s commission from Congress on 10 May 1777 and served throughout the war with varying success (Lasseray, Les français sous les treizeé, toiles, p. 454–62; Washington, Writings, ed. Fitzpatrick, xxvii, 274–6, and passim; JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, ed. W. C. Ford and others, Washington, 1904–1937 description ends , vii, 346).