Warwick 13th August 1781.
I had the Honour of receiving your Excellency’s favour of the 7th Instant, and inform you, that immediately upon the receiving your letter of the 24th of last May, I imbraced the earliest oppertunity of laying it before the Assembly, who very readily complyed with its contents, and ordered five Hundred of the Militia of this State to be raised and Stationed at the different Posts on Rhode Island, by the 8th of last June, to do duty for the term of one Month, since which there has been two other orders for five Hundred Men in each, to relieve Monthly until about the eighth of September next, by reason of the deficiency of the State of Massachusets in not sending forward their Troops as a relief agreable to your Requisition as it was conceivd by the Assembly that your letter imply’d to that amount. But discover by yours of the 7th a very esential difference which I shall lay before the Assembly in the early part of their sessions to be held on the 20th Instant, who I make not the least doubt will very readily comply with it although it is truly distressing in addition to the many extraordinary exertions heretofore made, by this State.
By the best information I have been able to procure, there was Sixty one Men including Officers from the State of Massachusets on Rhode Island the twenty second Day of last July, and by another Return since of the 1st Instant there was including Officers One Hundred and ten only; I thought it might be prudent to inform your Excellency of this, that you might have knowledge thereof & if you think proper to call upon Governor Hancock to have the remainder forwarded. I am with every Sentiment of Esteem & [respect] Your Excellencys most Obedient & most Humble Servt
N.B. as your Requisitions of the 24 May and that of the 7th of August are so meterily different, that you may not think I am mistaken I have inclosed you a Copy of that of the 24th May.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.