To Daniel Roberdeau
[Valley Forge, 15 June 1778]
I was favoured with your letter of the 4th Inst.
The number of applications for manufacturers and artificers of different kinds could they be all complyed with would be a considerable loss to the army.
But as the establishing the smelting of lead is of very great importance, I have directed sergeant Harris to repair to you at york Town; and this day given general orders for an enquiry to discover if two others who understand the business can be found in Camp. If there are any such I shall have them sent to you. With great respect I am Sir your obt and humble sert
Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.