I received a letter from Thomas Armstrong, aide de Camp, enclosing an order for Military Stores, &c. In answer to which I inform you that we have only three waggons of the public at this Post, two of which are without drivers, and the other impaired & unfit for present service.
I have applied to Major Hogg for Waggoners, who informs me that there are not men for that purpose here, except, perhaps, a few on Furlough, who cannot be immediately commanded. The Waggons you mention at Warrenton are of no service to me, unless Drivers were appointed. Moreover, concerning Arms, &c., I have Reasons to believe those already order’d here were intended for the Purpose General Greene now writes on—I mean One part of them—& as Waggons cannot immediately be got in Readiness, I presume it will be the best way to send on those already here, & i others can be had on the order now sent, they may be received in Lieu of these.
Seven or eight Hundred Stand of Arms are deposited in Caswell County, & as there is a probability of Spare Waggons, Waggoners might be collected at Rendezvous, who might be sent thither. Should there be supernumery Waggons and Teams, & you will cause Waggoners, with a Conductor, to be appointed, direct them to me and they shall be dispatched for the arms at New London.I am your humble servant,
P. S.—Two Waggons are sent in charge of Lieut. Ford to convey Baggage & the following, or articles mentioned in inclosed invoice. The Waggons and Teams I request may return, as there is a Quantity of Rum and Powder at this Place to be sent to the Southern Army, i. e. the Rum to ye Army & Powder to the Laboratory.