To Colonel John Lamb
[New Windsor] July 14: 1779
General Heath has informed me by a Letter of the 12th dated at Amewalk, that the Militia with General parsons have but very little ammunition.1 As this is a time of emergency, it may be necessary to furnish them with some, or they may be entirely destitute before they can obtain a supply from the State.2 I therefore request that you will send 25,000 Cartridges to General Heath by an early conveyance—to whom I have written with respect to the distribution.3 I am sir with esteem and regard Yr Most Obedt st
P.s. He will be found below Bedford or Ridgefield towards Norwalk.
Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The postscript on the draft manuscript is in the writing of GW’s aide-de-camp Richard Kidder Meade. The letter is addressed to Lamb at Fishkill, New York.
Lamb replied to GW in a letter of 16 July: “In compliance with your Excellency’s requisition, contained in your Letter of the 14th Instant, I have forwarded to Major General Heath, 25,000 Musket Cartridges, suitable for the Militia” (ALS, DLC:GW; LB, NHi: Lamb Papers).
2. For the British raids on Connecticut in early July and the efforts of Parsons to coordinate state militia, see GW to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 7 July, source note, and Parsons to GW, 9, 10, and 11 July; see also GW to Parsons, 8 and 10 July.
3. See GW to William Heath, this date.