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Letter to Henry Knox, November 16, 1775

TRANSCRIPT GLC 2437.53.021

George Washington. Letter signed: Head Quarters at Cambridge, to Henry Knox, 1775 November 16. 1p.


[inserted different hand: Washington Cambr. Nov 16 1775]

Instructions for Henry Knox Esqr.


You are immediately to examine into the state of the artillery of this army & take an account of the Cannon Mortars, Shels, lead & ammunition that are wanting; When you have done that,you are to proceed in the most expeditions manner to New York; There apply to the president of the provincial Congress, and learn of him whether Col Reed did any thing, or left any orders [struck: there] respecting these things, & get him to procure such of them as can possibly be had there. The president if he can, will have them immediately sent hither; If he cannot, you must put them in a proper Channel for being Transported to this Camp with dispatch before you leave New York. After you have procured as many of these Necessaries as you can there, you must go to Major General Schuyler & get the remainder from Ticonderoga Crown Point, or St. Johns If it should be necessary from Quebec if in our hands the want of them is so great, that no trouble or expence must be spared to obtain them I have wrote to General Schuyler, he will give every necessary assistance, that they may be had & forwarded to this place, with the utmost dispatch I have given you a Warrant to the paymaster General of the Continental army, for a Thousand Dollars, to defray the expence attending your Journey & procuring these Articles, an account of which you are to keep & render upon your return. Given under my Hand at Head Quarters at Cambridge this 16 day of November Annoguo Domini 1775


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Endeavor to procure what Flint you can



Instructions for Henry Knox Esqr.