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Letter from the United States Board of War to Horatio Gates
United States. Continental Congress. Board of War and Ordnance
August 04, 1780
Volume 14, Page 533

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War Office, August 4, 1780.


We have just recd. your favour of the 20th ulto. from Hillsboro. We are sorry to inform you that the 3,000 stand of arms, &c., ordered to the Southward have not arrived according to their destination, the vessel having been chased ashore in Virginia by one of the Enemy's privateers; but we hope this will only occasion some delay, & that they will finally reach you in good order, as a careful conductor went with them. We shall use every means in our power to furnish the necessary supplies to your army; but the want of money embarrasses us at every step. Your letters and papers sent to Congress have not yet come down to the board.

We have the honor to be,
With great respect & esteem,
You most obedt. servant,
In behalf & by order of ye board,
Major General Gates.