Navy Board Eastern department Boston June 23d 1781
We are honored with your Excellencys Letter of the 15th Instant, and althô we had before Upon hearing that the Army had Occasion for 18 pound Cannon Offered Colo. Cranes those in our possession, We immediatly on this occasion repealed the offer, Colo. Crane proposes to receive Ten of them, we have Twenty eight which Number is just a Set for a Ship now on the Stocks & near finished.
We therefore Beg the favor that your Excellency would give directions for the return of them after they can be Spared by you.
We had before delivered Colo. Crane all the Powder in our hands (except a Small quantity reserved for the use of the navy) being upwards of two hundred barrells if any more should Arrive we shall comply with you requests. We Wish you Sr every Success and have the Honor to be with the greatest respect Your Excellencys Most obedt & humble Servts
DLC: Papers of George Washington.