War Office Novr 23d 1780.
The board being called upon to make provision of clothing, arms, accoutrements, Horse, furniture &cc. for the Cavalry; have the honor to request that you will be pleased to order returns to be made to them of the Articles necessary to be procured for each corps under your Excellency’s immediate command—They would also wish to have returns of the strength of the corps in horses & Men—and of the present state of their Clothing & other equipments—together with returns of what has been drawn by each Corps since the 1st of September, 1779.
These last mentioned returns would come with more propriety from the heads of the different departments, but the issues have hitherto been made in a way so very desultory, that the board cannot depend intirely upon returns through that Channel. I have the honor to be with the highest respect yr Excellency’s most Obed. Hble Servt
Ben. Stoddert Secy
DLC: Papers of George Washington.