To Paul Loyall
In Council Feby. 9th 1781
The Board having further considered the application you were pleased to make for Arms for the Virginia Militia at the North West Bridge, are of opinion, that the chief direction of the Military operations against the Enemy in this State being in Baron Steuben; it will be improper to make any order until consultation with him. The Militia embodied in this State having been put under his command, it is probable that any orders which may go out on this subject may go from him. I shall take the earliest opportunity of consuiting with him a[nd] of having done immediately whatever shall be concluded. I beg you to give the fullest assurances to the people of Princess Anne and Norfolk that no Efforts of which we are capable, shall be spared to rescue them from the hands of the Enemy so soon as we shall be in condition to do it.
I am &c &c &c,
On Paul Loyall, of Norfolk, at this time a member of the Senate, see a note in Official Letters description begins Official Letters of the Governors of the State of Virginia, ed. H. R. McIlwaine description ends , ii,329. TJ took up Loyall’s request in a letter to Steuben, 17 Feb., q.v.