Adams Papers

II. Committee Report on Gunpowder Sent to the Northern Army, 16 October 1775

II. Committee Report on Gunpowder Sent to the Northern Army

[post 16 Oct. 1775] 1

The Committee appointed to enquire, what Powder has been Sent to the Army in the Northern Department, have attended that service and beg Leave to report

That five Thousand Weight of Powder, sent from South Carolina, has been forwarded to the said Army. 5000 wt.
That Two Thousand one hundred and thirty six Pounds Weight have been forwarded to the Same Army from the City of Philadelphia. 2136
That Seventeen hundred Weight have been forwarded from New York. 1700
That Eight hundred Weight has been forwarded from Connecticutt. 800
That Thirteen hundred Weight has been forwarded at another Time from the City of Philadelphia. 1300
In Addition to which Two thousand Weight has been lately ordered to New York and from there to the same Army.2 2000

MS in JA’s hand (Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 346, filmed under date [1776–1778]).

1On 16 Oct. a committee composed of John Langdon, Eliphalet Dyer, and JA was ordered to make a survey of the amounts of gunpowder sent to the northern army and by whom. The Journals do not record any report made or accepted (JCC description begins Worthington C. Ford and others, eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, Washington, 1904–1937; 34 vols. description ends , 3:296).

2Pres. Hancock informed Gen. Schuyler of the shipment of powder in his letter of 11 Oct. (Burnett, ed., Letters of Members description begins Edmund C. Burnett, ed., Letters of Members of the Continental Congress, Washington, 1921–1936; 8 vols. description ends , 1:228).

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