I had the Honor to receive yours of the 3d instant, on the 15th. According to your orders I set out for the Army as soon as I could possibly get off, and was on my way when I met Colo. Senff & Major McGill with the disagreeable news of the misfortune which had befallen you. Through these Gentlemen I received your orders to return to this place & push on the preparation of Stores, which I have accordingly done & shall neglect nothing within the Compass of my power to that end. We had experienced such repeated disappointment from the hands we had at Work here on the foundation of the State, & the business was carried on upon so small a scale, that, since the late unhappy circumstance, I have concerted with Genl. Muhlenburg the Measure of making Cartridges also at Chesterfield Court House, where the regular Troops rendezvous, & where a Number of Men, at present unfit for the Field, may be employed in that business. We have accordingly sent to that place a quantity of Materials, on which they are now at Work, under the direction of Col. Davies. You may rely on a sufficient number of Cartridges being ready for sending on, as soon as you may think proper to direct them, or whenever Genl. Muhlenburg may conceive it proper to send them on. 51,000 Cartridges went off from this place about the 16th instant, and in the care of a Mr. Mason, Waggon Master, who was to deliver them to Genl. Stevens. I suppose this He will now have an opportunity of doing, as we hear he is still at the Head of a part of his Militia, or, at any rate, Mason will know how to dispose of them with propriety. The flints you ordered as you passed through this place were sent from here in a few days afterwards
The State of Arms in the state you will receive from Genl. Muhlenburg, who will also inform you of a quantity of Musket Cartridges which have arrived at Fredericksburgh for the Southern Army.
I hope by the time this letter reaches you you will so far have recovered your indisposition as to afford your presence to what ever may be going on for reinstating an army in the Field, & hope ere long to have the pleasure to see you at the Head of a Body of Men on whom you may better depend than on Undisciplined Militia. Should the resolves of last Assembly be put tolerably well in execution, you ought to have upwards of 3,000 Regulars from this State. I have the pleasure to acquaint you that the reasons of your Misfortune are well understood here. If