Letter from Colonel Ritzema, on the bad state of the arms in tim Army

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From the universal bad state of the arms in the Army here, it is become impossible for me to have the arms I have got in my Regiment put even in a tolerable condition by the Continental Armourers. I have, out of my Regiment, collected six men — two of whom are very good gunsmiths — for the purpose of repairing the arms. Mr˙ Buys, the blacksmith in the Bowery, has offered me the use of his forge, but I want a few tools, such as handvices, screws, and planes. Mr˙ Abeel will not furnish them without an order of Congress; pray be so kind as to apply, in my behalf, for an order, that my men may go to work immediately; also for an order to Norwood for muskets. McDougall' s fortnight ends Saturday next. I shall dine at Manners' s, where you will be pleased to leave the order. Yours, in haste,

RUDOLPH˙ RITZEMA.

To Secretary Benson, Congress.
Thursday morning,