Red Book .
No. 85 .
delivered to your order shoud be glad how soon you wou'd please
to send for them as they are much in the way.
P. S. there was also 2 Barrels of those that were good takg to
fill up the rest.
[Jos'a Beall, Lieut, P.s Gs Cty to Gov. Lee]
Sr In Consequence of yours of the 24th Ultimo I had spoke to
some of the field Officers Near Bladensburgh, who seemed Willing
to take a part of the Ammunition there, which I had concluded,
would be better than selling it, in Case, there shuld happen to be
a Scarcity of that Article among us. But on receiving yours of the
29th I desired that matter till I here from you again. Inclosed you
have a return of the Quantity of Ammunition in this County, as it
stood the last time I Examined into it; As I have no reason to doubt
but that it Still remains in the same State, I thought it Needless to
loose time in taking a fresh Account of it.
As to Publick Arms & Accoutrements, though I have heretofore
issued orders for an inquire & return of them agreeable to Law.
And likewise those of private property in the County. I can here
of but one piece belonging to the Publick, And that in the possession
of Thos Contee. And by the return of private Arms there are but
246 pieces fit to fire & 12 Bayonets, & 162 pieces wanting repair in
the County. Shuld the other countys be no better provided, a small
Number of the Enemie, could very Easily Subdue this State
Return of Ar'mes And Ammunition in Prince Georges Belonging
To the Publick 3d July 1780