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Letter from John Peter Muhlenberg to Horatio Gates
Muhlenberg, John Peter Gabriel, 1746-1807
October 05, 1780
Volume 14, Page 670

GEN. MUHLENBERG TO MAJOR GEN. GATES.

Richmond, October 5th, 1780.

Dear General:

I was this morning honored with your favor of the 10th, by express. By Major Polk, who left this place four days ago, I did myself the Honor to represent our present situation to you relative to Clothing & Military Stores; nothing is yet arrived from the Northward tho' Colo. Febiger informs me that he has procured Shoes, some Blanketts & and good Tents, but had not been able at that time to get Clothing & Arms. The eighteen Months Men collected at Winchester, Stanton, Pittsylvania, and Brunswick were, by an express Order from the Governor & Council, contrary to my advice, ordered to march to Hillsborough by the nearest rout. I sent on Yesterday for their use 292 Musketts & Bayonetts, 559 Cartridge boxes, 4 boxes of Flints, & 299 pair of Shoes. They are intended to form the 6th Regt., and will be joined by their Field Officers in a few days, & whatever necessaries I can procure shall be forwarded on imediately.

The second Regt. will march from Chesterfield on Tuesday next, badly provided, but I am afraid better than we shall be able to furnish the next.

I have the Honor to be
Y'r Humble Servt.,
P. MUHLENBERG.