Your favor of the 24th I have just received. The Troops going on the expedition to South Carolina are expressly by order of Congress to be in Continental pay as the greater part of them are badly armed, or have no arms at all. It is highly necessary that they should be supplied, which cannot happen in this State without your assistance from the Continental Stores, and as the arms in your possession are not directed to be removed to any particular State, I think it necessary (from the good of the service) to request you will be pleased to deliver to Col. Gideon Lamb all
Give me leave to return you my sincere thanks for your kind offers of serving the public in general and myself in particular, and to assure you that I shall ever retain a grateful sense of them.
I am at this time much hurried in endeavouring to get the Troops on, and have the duties of more than half a dozen men on my hands. You will therefore excuse my not adding further than that I am with great respect and esteem, Gentlemen,