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Letter from Isaac Woodruff, July 3, 1776

TRANSCRIPT GLC 2437.02.142.01
Isaac Woodruff. Autographed Letter Signed: Elizabethtown, on behalf of the Elizabethtown Committee of Safety to George Washington, 1776 July 3. 1 p. + addr.

[inserted - different hand: To Washington]

Elizabeth Town in Committee 3d. July 1776

May it please your Excellency

This Morning we have been Alarmd with a Party of the Enemy landing on Staten Island & proceeding to the point within two Miles of this Town where they took off the plank of a Draw Bridge & retreated to a House about a Mile from the Bridge. From the best intelligence we can get there are several Parties on the Island. The few remaining Militia we have are Collecting, but we are in distress for Powder and Ball, especially for four double Fortified three pounders which we have here but without a Single Cartrige.

The Nescessity of the Case Justifies our earnest Application for such a supply as your Excellency may be able to Spare with propriety – The Bearer will be a proper person to take Charge of Whatever may be afforded us on this occasion.

We are with great resspect
your Excellencies very
Humble Sert. –
By Order of Committee
Isaac Woodruff D. Chairman

P..S the diameter of our Cannon in the Bore are exactly [struck: three][inserted: 2 ½] Inches

To his Excellency
General Washington

[address]
On the Publick Service
To
His Excellency General Washington
Sr. Mr. Harriman
on of the Committee New York

Notes: Published in Twohig, Dorothy et al. The Papers of George Washington. Revolutionary Series. v. 5: 189-90.
GLC 2437.02.142.02 is the order of payment