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A new Constitution of Government being generally apprehended necessary for this State, a majority of the Towns, on recommendation of the Assembly, Some months ago appointed Delegates for the purpose of forming one: and they have lately in convention agreed upon one, which is to be laid before the people at large for their Consideration. They ordered a number of copies to be printed, two or...
ALS : American Philosophical Society It gave me great pleasure to hear by the Marquis de la Fayette, who arrived here three days ago that you continued to enjoy a perfect State of health. The Snows of seventy winters seem to have had no other effect on your constitution than to whiten your locks. It is for the credit of philosophy, when its adepts can so well guard against the attendants of...
Yesterday at 5 o’Clock p.m. I received your Excellency’s Letter of the 15th with the enclosed for Majr Genl Heath. As it was of importance he Should have it As soon As may be, I immediately went with it to Roxbury, And delivered it to him. I told him I would assist him in enquiring for information relative to the particulars mentioned in your letter: And if I should obtain any worth notice, I...
Since the last Post, by Which I had the Honour of writing to you, I have seen a Gentleman well acquainted with Nova Scotia, and particularly with Halifax, whose account concerning them, I doubt not, may be depended on. It represents the State of things as they were in December last. Very fortunately I had Some business with him, which gave me a good opportunity of entering into Conversation...
By the Post I had the honour of your Letter of the 14th Instant, And am happy to find that the Plan &c. Accompanying my last was in any degree Satisfactory, and may be of use. I hope the measures for procuring further intelligence will be effectual. The loss of Charlestown is unfortunate, and the more so if owing, as is said to be the Case, to a want of provisions. I wish it may be repaired...
Previous to the Receipt of the Letter from the Committee of Congress of the 19th inst. inclosing a Copy of Your Excellencys Letter of the same date, The President of Council had forwarded the Resolves of the General Assembly, fully expressive of the Measures taken by us, in Consequence of several Requisitions, made on this State with Respect to Men & Supplies; We can assure you, no Exertions...
Your Letter of July 4th is now under Consideration & are not a little mortified that such is the State of the Public Magazines with respect to Powder an Article so essential to our Operations. We are disposed to afford every Degree of Aid in our Power, the Quantity now in our Magazines that we can reasonably supply is Ten Tuns. There are in this State three Powder Mills which can Manufacture...
Your Excellency’s favors of the 19th & 22d inst have been received & Communicated to the Council The Contents were immediately attended to & We should with Chearfulness have fully complied with the requests therein contained had it been in our Power but upon Inquiring into the State of our Military Stores We found that neither Cannon, Shott, Howitzers or Shells could be spared from this State...
We are favored with Your Excellency’s Letters of the 1st & 8th Currt. The State of the Treasury is such that it is impracticable to purchase the Powder as recommended by Your Letter of the 1st inst. & our own Stock on further Examination is so small, that it would be imprudent to lessen it at this time, as there is almost a certainty that you can be fully Supplied by Our Allies ’till the...
Yesterday arrived the frigate Alliance in forty days from L’Orient. She has on board 2000 Stands of Arms, a number of Cannon And a Quantity of Powder for the United States. Your Excellency will give Such Orders concerning them as you think proper: but with respect to the Arms, if there be not an absolute necessity for all of them, the Council would be glad you would allow one thousand of them...