TRANSCRIPT GLC 7183
George Washington. Autograph letter signed: to Governor William
Greene, New Windsor, 1781 June 2. 2 p. + docket.
New Windsor, 2d June 1781.
There are certain heavy cannon in the State of Rhode Island,
which are exceedingly wanted in the proposed operations of
the campaign. These have been returned as belonging to the
Continent, but it is said some of them are claimed as the
property of the State. Your Excellency can determine this
matter, and if they are proven the property of the State I
must request the loan of as many as will make up the number
eight of those which are not disputed, if there are any of
that discription, if not, the whole of the above number.
The importance of the object in view, and the apparent probability
of success, will, I am persuaded, induce the State of Rhode
Island to comply with this request, especially when
it shall be considered that our non success may be attributed
to the withholding the means in our possession.
 Major Perkins of the artillery, who is at Providence,
will receive the cannon and superintend the transportation
of them to camp. The situation of the Quarter Master Generals
department, for want of money, will probably oblige him to
apply to the State for assistance, which I hope will be given
to him, to ensure the transportation of these and other articles
which Major Perkins will have orders to bring on from Rhode
I have the honor to be,
with the greatest respect.
most obed. Servt.
His Excellency Governor Greene
[docket] From General Washington Respecting Eight Cannon dated
2nd. June 1781. [struck: receivd 1] Received 8th. Instant
Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The Writings of George
Washington. v. 22: 152-3.