War Office 14 Septr 1796
If you have a few minutes to spare I could wish you to examine the within conditions for a new contract for cannon. The old contract was too defective to serve as a model or guide in any one respect. The public must be a considerable looser by it; and the cannon which we shall be obliged to recive by no means to be relied on. With the greatest respect I have the honour to be Sir your most ob. st
The mail to Pittsburg is [altered]. Letters must be in the office on friday before sun down.
DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.