To Meshech Weare
Cambridge March 14. 1776
Your favour of the 12 Instant I just now received and beg leave to assure you that the approbation which your Honorable Council are pleased to express of my conduct respecting the operations against the Town of Boston affords me the highest satisfaction.1
I am exceedingly sorry that It is not in my power at this time to comply with your requisition for powder and to make a return of what was generously lent for the Continental use, the low state of stock of that article will not allow me to spare the smallest quantity, But hoping that I may get a further supply before long to enable me to do It, I shall be much obliged If you will favour me with an account of what you furnished, that It may be repaid as soon as circumstances will admit of It.2 I am Sir with much respect Yr Most Hble Servt
LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, Nh-Ar; LB, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
2. The General Court applied to Gen. Artemas Ward at Boston for the return of this powder in June of this year. “Last Summer,” Meshech Weare wrote to Ward on 29 June 1776, “to assist the Continental Army in their necessity for that article, we sent them 52 Bbls, which left us but Sixteen Bls Three vessels sent by the Colony to the Foreign Islands bro’t back but 52 Bls part of which stock has been deliver’d our soldiers gone to Canada and is considerable lessened” (Bouton, N.H. State Papers description begins Nathaniel Bouton, ed. State Papers. Documents and Records Relating to the State of New-Hampshire during the Period of the American Revolution, from 1776 to 1783 . . .. In New Hampshire Provincial and State Papers, vol. 8. 1874. Reprint. New York, 1973. description ends , 8:177–78).