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Letter from John Pryor to Thomas Burke
Pryor, John
July 19, 1781
Volume 15, Pages 552-553


Charlottes Ville, July 19th, 1781.


Some days past I was ordered by the Honbl. Major General Marquis de Lafayette to send on three hundred stand of Arms to you by the most safe and convenient route; the then movements of a detachment of the Enemy on the South side James River, proved a great obstacle, but since hearing they had passed toward the Southward I have ventured them on under the care of Mr. Edward Moore, Cond. Mil. Stores, whose precaution and diligence I am in hopes will convey them safe and in time to your camp. 253 stand of those arms are very fine and complete just from Philadelphia, intended for the Virg. New Levies of which, I must beg that the greatest care may be taken and that they may be returned when

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called for, as it was out of my power to procure the number required without making use of them. I am very sorry the other 47 are not more complete. Cartouch Boxes were not to be had. With those you will receive 8436 Musket Cartridges in 9 Boxes which hope will be a seasonable supply.

I have the honor to be with all possible respect and esteem,
Your Most Obedt. and very Hum. Servt.,
J. PRYOR, Acting D. C. G.
of Stores S. D.