Quincy Oct 23d 1798
The firewards of the town of Boston have requested permission to deposit at castle Island a quantity of Gunpowder now lying in the harbor of Boston and more that is soon expected to arrive. As I can foresee no material inconvenience from granting <
from> such permission. I request that you would give orders < that> for such gun powder as the firewards shall desire to be deposited at the castle, at the risque of the owners untill further orders. And I request you to order that the same care be had of its safety as of the stores of the same article belonging to the U.S.
With much esteem &c
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.