Head Qrs July the 6th 1780
As we may now expect that Levies will be coming in from the States in a little time— and we shall have many occasional demands for Arms, I request that the Board will be pleased to order Three thousand stand compleate, to be forwarded immediately to the North River. For fear of accidents, in case the lower communication should be exposed by the removal of the Army, I think it will be prudent that one half of the Arms & accoutrements should be sent on the back route to New Windsor. The other half may be risked on the lower one leading to King’s ferry, from which the person having the care of them, may be directed to depart and to gain the upper Country, should any movements on the part of the Enemy make it necessary. Our demand for Cartouch [Boxes], it is probable will be considerable[&]in this view I wish the Board to forward a large number over and above those which will be material for the Arms required. I have the honor to be with great respect & esteem Gent Yr Most Obedt St..
P.S. The Arms now requested, are to be exclusive of those which will be delivered the Pennsylvania Levies— and which I desired Colo. Johnston to obtain for them. Altho’ I have recommended half the Arms to be sent on the back Route to New Windsor, yet upon second thoughts, I am opinion that they may all safely proceed by the Road to King’s ferry, if upon their arrival at Trenton, the Conductors hear that all matters are quiet upon that communication.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.