To the Continental Congress Committee on Fortifying Ports
New York April 22d 1776
I received your favour of the 14 Instt,1 and Judgg Colo. Richard Gridley & Colo. Hy Knox to be as proper persons as any I was acquainted with, have wrote the former to view the Harbour Fortifications &c. at Cape Ann, the Latter, those of New London, If not come from thence; Inclosg each a Copy of your Letter for their Instructions & enjoining a clear and full report to be made me, which I shall do myself the honor of Transmitting you, as soon as It comes to hand.2
I return you my thanks for your polite congratulations on my safe arrival here, & am very respectfully Yr &c.
LB, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. GW apparently is referring to the committee’s letter of 17 April.
2. Robert Hanson Harrison wrote and signed these letters to Gridley and Knox on 20 April (DLC:GW; for the letter to Knox, see also NNGL: Knox Papers). For the reports, see Knox to GW, 24 April, Gridley to GW, 13 May, and GW to the Continental Congress Committee on Fortifying Ports, 8 June 1776.