George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Arthur St. Clair, 24 June 1781

Philadelphia June 24th 1781


I have now the Satisfaction to inform your Excellency that a Bill passed the Legislature of this State Yesterday from which there is Reason to expect that a considerable Reinforcement will be added to the Line. The Principle of it is to oblige the Classes of the Inhabitants to find a Man each, and in case of Delinquency the County Commissioner is required to provide one, without limitation of Price. The whole demanded is twenty seven hundred, much short of the Deficiency in the Quota, but they could not be brought to fix upon a greater Number, and it has indeed cost very great Pains to bring them to this. could these however be sent immediately into the Field they might be of great Use, but I fear they will be much delayed on Account of Cloathing and Camp Equipage—The State has not, and I believe cannot procure, either; nor is there any Cloathing in the public Store here, nor Camp Equipage with the Quarter Master.

Letters from General Weedon of the 16th say that Lord Cornwallis was falling back towards Richmond, and the Marques following him he had advanced to Goochland Court House, but there are Reports of a later Date that place Lord Cornwallis on the south side of James River & the Marquis on the North with five Miles only betwixt the Main Body of either Army.

I beg leave to put your Excellency in mind of Mr Bighams Court Martial, which was somehow forgot when I left Head Quarters. I have the Honor to be with the greatest Respect Sir Your Excellencys most obedient Servant

Ar. St Clair

Mr Morris has proposed to furnish the whole of the Supplys demanded by Congress from the State provided the Assembly will give him the Management of the Paper Money that will be brought into the Treasury by the Tax Bill just passed and issue no more of any kind, and it is not doubted they will close with him.

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