George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel Theodorick Bland, 27 June 1778

From Colonel Theodorick Bland

Petersburgh [Va.] June 27th 1778


By Cornet Fauntleroy,1 I have sent from this Place fifty one Horses all in Good order, besides which I have directed him to take along with him such as the officers which lye in his Route may have ready. They shd have been sent on sooner had not the Men (who are new recruits) been destitute of Cloaths and accoutrements. And indeed I am now under the necessity of delaying them longer or sending them on without many necessaries such as Bridles, boots, Holsters, Pistols Pilions, Swords, belts, & many other things, without which cavalry can be of little Service in the Feild. However as Col. Baylor has lately informed me that those things will be ready at Baltimore I thought it best to despatch them. The Cloathing for the Regt I have directed Lt Col. Temple to have in readiness to march with the Party from Fredksburgh at which place I have orderd him to remain to procure Arms and Accoutrements for the Parties which will Follow; Having been greatly disappointed in my expectations hitherto of being supplyed from that Place, which was my sole dependance for Bridles, Swords and Pistols. The People of the Country being at this time very Generally employ’d in their Harvest, there are but few opportunities of meeting with horses, which renders the purchase at this Juncture but slow, besides the Money (which has been advanced me is nearly expended,) without which nothing is to be done. I was as I informd Yr Excy in my last2 flatterd with receiving a fresh Supply of Money from Col: Baylor to whom the Congress as he inform’d me had transmitted 100000 dolls. but after being at the trouble of Sendg to Fredksburgh for my Proportion was disappointed. this greatly embarrassed me, as it puts it out of my power to comply with some Contracts, and streigtens me in my Purchase I shd be Glad for the future, that the money necessary for me could be transmitted to myself. I shd have had the men of my Party who have not had the Small pox inoculated had I not received Yr Excys orders to the Contrary. The party now sent on have had it, and as there are eight or ten left who have not yet had it I shd be glad to know of Yr Excelly whether they might not be inoculated before they were sent off as that disorder has broke out in the neighbourhood of this Place.

Enclosed yr Excy has a return of the Party under my Command.3 (before sending off the Party abovementiond.) I am Sr with the greatest respect, Yr Excys Most obedt Sert

Theok Bland

P.S. I have Just received intelligence From Lt Col: Temple that a considerable part of the Cloathing which he had Engaged for my Regt at the Public Store and for which he had given his receipt, had been (in his absence from Willmsburgh to procure other things) otherwise disposed of by Mr Finnie Dy Qr Mr Gen: thus Sr are we eternally disappointed, by the public officers with whom we have to do, and no method of Redress to be had.4



1Griffin Fauntleroy (1754–1781) of Northumberland County, Va., was appointed a cornet in the 1st Continental Dragoon Regiment in November 1777 and rose to the rank of captain before being mortally wounded at the Battle of Guilford Court House in March 1781. He should not be confused with his cousin Griffin Murdock Fauntleroy (1747–1794) of Richmond County, Va., who served as a lieutenant in the 7th Virginia Regiment.

3The enclosed “Weekly Return of the Strength of the Party of Lt Dragoons Stationed at Petersbg Commanded by Colo. Bland,” dated 27 June and signed by Bland and Cornet Griffin Fauntleroy, is in DLC:GW.

4A letter of this date from Bland to Lt. Col. Benjamin Temple discusses this issue in greater detail (DLC:GW).

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