George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel Ezekiel Cheever, 3 July 1777

From Colonel Ezekiel Cheever

Boston July 3rd 1777

Hond Sir

Your Excellencys order’s June 13th Came to hand the 24th ulto. I wrote Mr Collins my Clerk at Springfield to make out a Return of the Arms recd & delivered agreeable to your directions and forward it to your Excellency as Quick as possible.1

I came to Town the 21st ulto to get my pay Rolls paid and, Consult with Genl Heath concerning His providing 100 Men at least for Guard & fatigue Service at Springfield & Brookfield & for to apply to the Genl Court to, fix on a Method Whereby I may be Supplyed with Teams on all Emergencies and to endeavor to get Springfield Ferry better regulated & provided with One or more Boats, as public Service as bin much retarded for, want of a nother Boat & proper Hands to attend them all which am like to Obtain.

As soon as these matters are Settled I will return to Springfield and endeavour to assist in promoting the Service to the utmost of my Power, May God Preserve & Prosper Your Excellency, with due respects I have the Honr to be your most Obedient and Hume Servant

Ezekl Cheever Comry Artilly


1The resulting return, made at Springfield, Mass., on 2 Aug. 1777 and located in DLC:GW, shows the arms delivered and received from the colonels of the Continental regiments from 14 Dec. 1775 to 13 June 1777. The clerk, John Collins, signed the return for Cheever.

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