Head Quarters July 15th 1780
The period for commencing our operations is so near, that, not a moment is to be lost in bringing forward all the cannon and stores in our possession proper for a siege, and necessary for the service of the campaign—to the North river. New–York will be the object, with an army of 30,000 men, which you will receive in confidence. I request you will take immediate measures for the above purpose, and apply to the Board of war, to the Quarter Master Genl and to the Executives where the cannon and stores now are, for the requisite assistance. The exigency of the moment, in a matter which is essential to the commencement of our operations, will, I am persuaded, induce the States to give you instant and effectual aid. I am Dr Sir your most obt & hble servt
DNA: RG 93—War Department.