Camp—New Kent County Virginia 5 May 1781
Two days after I had the honor of addressing you my last the Marquis arrived with his Detachment at Richmond and as he will inform your Excellency of the Operations of the Army I shall only add to my last, that of all the Articles collected at Chesterfield Co. Ho. & Petersburg for the Equipment of the Levies not the least article fell into the Enemies hands.
The Marquis de la Fayette now commanding the Army in the Field I shall only remain with him so long as there is any probability of coming to action but when the Operations lead us too far from the place of Rendezvous I shall think it my duty to return to fulfill my instructions from General Green in accelerating by my presence the raising & forwarding to the south[wd] the new Levies I have already acquainted the Marquis of my intention & obtaind his consent & in the mean time I have given orders to Colo. Davis to assemble the Recruits Arms Cloathing &c. at a Rendezvous near Richmond. The articles we shall most want are Arms Cartridge boxes, Cavalry swords & Blankets every thing else I am in hopes of getting from the state. with much respect I have the honor to be Your Excellencys most Obedt hum. servt
steuben Maj. Genl
DLC: Papers of George Washington.