George Washington Papers

From Henry Knox to James Bowdoin, 19 July 1780

Camp, New Jersey 19th July 1780


I am commanded by His Excellency General Washington to write to your honorable board, to request the loan of some heavy cannon and shot, howitzers and shells, for the intended operation of the present campaign.

There is the most pressing demand for the number and sizes specified in the enclosed paper. But if the total cannot be had, the number to be lent to be regulated by the quantity of shot that can be furnished to each piece.

The great expence and difficulty of land transportation will dictate the propriety of having whatever shall be furnished, in consequence of this request, conveyed by water to the point of operation, which will be more particularly marked out in a future letter.

The General informed me that he had written to the State of Massachusetts, solliciting a loan of powder; therefore, notwithstanding the most exigent calls for that article, it precludes the necessity of my repeating the request.

Nath. Barber Junr Esqr., Commissary of Military Stores at Boston, will execute any orders which the honorable board may please to give him respecting this matter.

The nature and importance of this letter are such that I take the liberty to beg an answer as soon as possible. I have the honor to be, Sir, with the highest respect, Your most obedt hum. Servt

H. Knox

Brigr General Artillery

DNA: RG 45--Miscellaneous Letters Received by the Secretary of the Navy.

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