From Colonel Theodorick Bland
Petersburgh [Va.] July 18th 1778
I was yesterday favord with yr Excellency’s letter of the 3d inst. dated from head Quarters Brunswic. With Respect to supplying Capt. Medici with money to proceed on his purchase and recruitg I am happy to have followed the mode you advise me to, but before the Rect of yours, I recd a letter from Govr Caswell informing me that it was impossible to advance a Shilling at present from that state, there not being one third money enough to pay the Draughts their bounty.1 My ardent wish to reinforce the Army as speedily as possible with Cavalry induced me about a fortnight ago to send on a party of near Sixty Horses and thirty men, the latter not quite Cloathed and the former by no means equipt, except with the few articles of cloathing I could get in this part of the world; I however thought it more eligible to trust to the Chance of both than to detain them longer. I am in great expectation from present Prospects of sending on by the last of next week fifty or Sixty more horses; I have also orderd Capt. Medici to Send on fifteen of those he has purchased together with that Number of men, reserving to himself a small recruiting party; But if he cannot be supplyed with money, his stay in Carolina will be of very little service to the states, while that lasted he recruited and purchased rapidly after the enlarging his instructions. Enclosed yr Excellency will receive a return of the state and Condition of my Party and also of that of Capt. Medici.2 Yr Commands relative to my endeavoring to procure all the accoutrements in my power shall be punctually complyed with, but I fear unless I am speedily supplyed with money it will not be in my power to comply with all the Contracts I have already made or to continue purchasing horses, having not had more than one fourth of the last remittance to Col: Baylor, sent me, That Gentn having informd me that he had made use of the rest in his department. And I find it impossible to Borrow from the state, or the paymaster here I shd therefore be happy if yr Excellency wd order me to be furnished with about forty or fifty thousand Dollars. I beg leave to Congratulate yr Excellency on the Important Victory lately obtaind over the Enemy near Monmouth; and to assure you that I am with the greatest respect yr Excys most obedt Servt
ALS, DLC:GW. The cover is marked, “Ayletts Free 26th July 1778.”
1. See Richard Caswell to Bland, 29 June (Campbell, Bland Papers description begins Charles Campbell, ed. The Bland Papers: Being a Selection from the Manuscripts of Colonel Theodorick Bland, Jr., of Prince George County, Virginia. 2 vols. Petersburg, Va., 1840-43. description ends , 1:89–90).
2. Bland’s return, dated 17 July, records thirty officers and men and forty-five horses and also lists the numbers of arms, accoutrements, and clothing with his party at Petersburg. Capt. Cosmo de Medici’s return, dated 6 July, gives the names of nineteen men in his troop of dragoons in North Carolina, records the purchase of eighteen horses, and accounts for de Medici’s expenditure of funds (both returns, DLC:GW).