New Windsor 8th June 1781
I received your Excellencys favor of this Day enclosing Genl Cornells letter of the 24th ultimo informing of the quantity of Lead & cartridges which may be expected from Boston and Providence, and of the request of the State of New Jersey for Ammunition. It appears from General Cornells letter that the prospects of addition to your [ ] are moderate and the demands from the southward and [north]ward so great as to claim the [illegible]. If your Excellency should think proper the State of New Jersey might receive at [illegible] 15 or 20,000 at most. There are at that place under the charge of Mr. [illegible]almost 60,000 which [ ]Pennsylvania line and which I have [ ]to be brought to this place as soon as [they] can be procured for that purpose.
In [confabbg] with General Duportail on the subject of the operation in contemplation he conceived [the platforms] to be within the line of his duty, and he informed he should apply to the Q. M. General for [them] to procure them but I am not able to say how far he has proceeded—We are saving timber for the Carriages at Belknaps Mills and hope to be able to pursue a [sufficiency]. I have the honor to be with the utmost Respect Your Excellencys most obedient Servant.
MHi: Henry Knox Papers.