War Office July  1780
The Board have received your Excellency’s letter of the 6th of July, respecting the sending forward three thousand stand of Arms, and a quantity of Cartouch boxes; They beg leave to inform you they have only two thousand and five hundred Hand and two thousand & sixteen cartouch boxes at this Post; out of which one thousand stand are promised to the State of Maryland; the scarcity of these articles at this place is owing to the quantity what have lately been sent to the Southward.
The Board will order on all the Cartouch boxes and fifteen hundred stand of Arms from this place: the remaining fifteen hundred, may be had at Albany where by Mr Ransalaer’s return it appears there are three thousand & eighty one. As in that return he has mentioned his having on hand only about seven hundred bayonets, the Board have directed him to turn his attention particularly, to that object, and they expect he will in a short time, be able to remedy that inconvenience; The Board will make a report to Congress, for money to be employed in making cartridge boxes: Should it be furnished they will do every thing in their power to fulfill yr Excellency’s expectations. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Yr Most Obedt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.