Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To GOVERNOR JONATHAN TRUMBULL Cambridge, January 25, 1776.

    Sir: I received your favor of the 22d Inst., and am much obliged by your Assurance, that the three Regiments of Militia for this Camp, will be raised as fast as possible; they are much wanted. I wish it was in my power to facilitate their march, by sending a necessary supply of Money for it, but it is not, as our Treasury is exhausted, I hope in a little time it will be replenished, with a Sufficient Sum to answer every demand.

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    I am very sorry that Arms are so scarce with you, that none can be furnished on Account of the Continent, at this critical period. I know not what will be done. Those of the three Regiments, they will be allowed to carry away when their Service is ended, unless they choose to sell them. I will gladly buy, but never had an Idea of detaining them against their consent.

    For the Arms which were detained and Appraized, I have given Warrants to the Several Colonels to whose Regiments they belonged, upon the pay Master Genl., as fast as the number and Value have been brought in, and will take care to have a return made you. I am &c.