West point Feb. 27 1781
The enclosed came to hand the last night—it is without date, but I apprehend was written yesterday morning. I expect Major Maxwell up to day.
Many of the arms and accoutrements turned into the store by the discharged soldiers want repair, especially the latter. I am inform’d it has been the practice to send them to Albany; but this is attended with much trouble, and considerable expence. Would it not be much better to have them repaired here?
Unless a supply of writing paper can be obtained, business must stop. The officers have been obliged to cut up nearly all the company—books—And for myself, I must cease writing, to morrow or next day. I would not represent this to your Excellency, were it not that it has been represented everywhere else, and the answers afford no prospect of relief. I have the honor to be, With the greatest respect Your Excellency’s Most obedient servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
26 February 1781
I have this moment received advice which I beleive may be depended on, that Genl Arnold is fairly surrounded in Virginia, & has sent to New York for a Regiment which is now embarking. I am, Sir, with the greatest respect Yr most obed. Serv.
Majr 2 M. Regt