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Letter from George Elliott to Horatio Gates
Elliott, George
September 19, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 629-630

MAJ. GEO. ELLIOTT TO MAJOR GENERAL GATES.

Petersburg, Sepr. 19, 1780.

May It Please Yr. Excellency:

I Beg Leave to Informe your Excellency that their is Here at my Station aboute forty Waggon Loads of Arms & Aminision and other Accouttements, but How they Can be Got on to yr. Excellency I am at a Loss to Know. We Have only two Waggons at this Station, and Col. Gibson is now in Want of Some for His Ridgment. The Troops are Collecting fast, and no provision making for Q. M. Stores for them. A Large Quantity is wanting before they Can possibly March. Their is no D. Q. M. Gr. now in the State to provide, as Colo. Pickering, I believe, has not yet Appointed One, and I believe Colo. Finnie has Recd. the Appointment of Ast. Q. M. Gr. for the Southern Dept. Unless Your Excellency will Interfiear in this matter, I Expect I Shall have the Whole preparation to make when it is Wanted, as I had for the Maryland line. If Your Excellency Will please to Write to Colo. Pickering, the Board of War or Congress to furnish me as Q. M. with Cash or Credt., I will Go Where I Can git waggons & Gear on Good Terms, as also Other Q. M. Stores, & will Use my every Effort to make Preparation for your Army Immediately. I have the Offer of a Great number of Q. Masters Stores if I had money or Could make the people Certain of it in Some Short Time.

If Yr. Excellency Will favour me With yr. Orders & Instructions,

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I will Go Immediately to Phillidelphia for that Purpoes. I hope to Receive Some Directions from you on Return of the Bearer.

I am, Sir, With Much Respect,
Your Excllency's Most Obdt. Huml. Servt.,
GEO. ELLIOTT, D. Q. M. G.