George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jabez Bowen, 25 April 1780

Providence Apr. 25 1780


I dont mean to be troublesome to your Exellency, but the Duty that I owe the Publick demands that I should inform you that in my opinion the large quantities of Military Stores now deposited in this Town are by no means safe eighther for the Amunition or the Town.

You will perceive by the Incloased Vote the Idea that the Town Council have of the matter.

The heavy Stores may be Transported on Board small Vessells to Windsor on Connecticutt River with small expense and but little danger if Springfield is the place at which they are to be deposited. I wish you to consider of the matter and give such orders as you shall think necessary to Major Perkins your Complyance will Oblige one who is your Excellencys Most Obedient and most Humb. Servant.

Jabez Bowen

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


24 April 1780

At a Town Council held in and for the Town of Providence, on the 24th Day of April A.D. 1780

Whereas this Council are informed that Large Quantities of Powder and Shells fixed for use are now stored in this Town at Different Places, and as the Town is built mostly of Wood Houses, and should a Fire break out near the said Megazines the Terror from an Explosion from the Powder would tend to prevent the People from extinguishing the Fire and the Town would thereby be in eminent Danger of entire Destruction.

It is therefore Voted and Resolved that his Honor the Deputy Governor be earnestly requested to use his Endeavours that some Measures be taken for Removing the said Stores as soon as may be.

A True Copy.

Witness Theodore Foster Council Clerk

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