George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General Edward Hand, 16 April 1779

From Brigadier General Edward Hand

Lancaster [Pa.] 16th April 1779


On my Arrival here Yesterday I met the Commissary of Military Stores for Carlisle, on his way to Philadelphia, and have taken the inclosed extract from his Return by which your Excy will perceive that I cant be supplied with any Quantity of Flints from that Quarter, nor is there a Single Cartridge, or Conveniency of making one there, loose powder, except a small quantity for Rifles, will answer no good purpose,1 I beg therefore your Excy will please to order a Quantity of Cartridges, with a Ball and three Buck Shot in each, and 1000 good Flints to be imediately sent to Wyoming—I found a small number of refuse Flints in Store in this Town, which I have Ordered up, tho I dont expect much use can be made of them—I will be on the River in a few days and shall inform you what state the provisions, and Quarter Masters Stores are in. I am sir with much Respect Your Excys most obedt Hhble Servant

Edwd Hand


1The enclosed “Return of Stores & Provision uponhand in Northumberland County under the Derection of John Weitzell A. Cy of Issues,” dated 31 March–1 April 1779, is in DLC:GW.

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