Dear Sir: Notwithstanding I have adopted every Measure which my Judgement directed for procuring Arms in these Governments for the Army under my Command, as well by Applications to the several Assemblies and Conventions, as by sending Officers to the several Towns to purchase; I am under the disagreeable and melancholy Necessity of informing you that there is at this important Crisis, a very great Deficiency, and that there is now a considerable Number of Men at these Encampments without any in their Hands; nor do I know that there is any Prospect or Probability of providing them. Can you, my dear Sir, assist me with any from your Parts? If you can procure or purchase any in the Towns fit for Use, I beg that you will do it and have them forwarded with all possible Expedition to me. I will pay for them immediately on Delivery
Relying on your Friendship, and that every Thing in your Power will be done to serve me, I shall only add, that I am, Dear Sir etc.