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  Letter to Alexander McDougall, January 13, 1776
George Washington. Letter signed: to Colonel Alexander McDougall, Cambridge, 1776 Jan. 13. 2 p.

Cambridge 13th January 1776


I recieved your favor of the 2d. inst. last evening, & note what you mention of the Cannon. I am in daily expectation of Colonel Knox’s arrival and untill he comes I cannot with certainty inform you, whether I shall want the Iron Connon or not.

Upon examination of the stores that were of board the Brigte. I find, we stand in great need of shells & shall esteem it a particular favour if you will immediately on receipt hereof forward the 1100 specifyed at the foot of your Letter –

I am told that there is a vessel arrived with you, that brought twenty ton of powder. I need not inform you, the great necessity I am in for that article, if it is true that this quantity is arrived, it would be of infinite service, to the great cause we are engaged in, that the whole or such part thereof, as can be spared, was sent with the utmost dispatch to this Camp – if it belongs to private persons, I request you will purchase it, if to the publick, your exerting your influence with the Commitee of Safety, to effect this good purpose, will very much oblige.

Your most H: Sert.
Go: Washington

Colonel Alex: McDougall

Notes: Published in Twohig, Dorothy, et. al. The Papers of George Washington. Revolutionary Series, v. 3: 76.