George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the Continental Congress Secret Committee, 11 May 1776

From the Continental Congress Secret Committee

Philada May 11th 1776


In Complyance with an order of Congress passed Yesterday, We forward by the bearer hereof Ten Tons of Gun Powder which Your Excellency will cause the proper officers to receive and upon this & every similar Occasion We beg the favour of a line from You or the Commissary, acknowledging the receipt of such Powder or other stores as We may send to your department.1 We have The Honor to be Your Excellencys Most Obedt hble servts

By Order of the Secret Committee of Congress.

Robt Morris
chair Man

LS, in Robert Morris’s writing, DLC:GW.

1For Congress’s resolution on this gunpowder, see Hancock to GW, 10 May, n.3. Morris also wrote on this date on behalf of the committee to Pennsylvania commissary Robert Towers asking him to deliver the 10 tons of gunpowder to wagon master Robert Irwin for forwarding to GW (Smith, Letters of Delegates description begins Paul H. Smith et al., eds. Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774–1789. 26 vols. Washington, D.C., 1976–2000. description ends , 3:657, n.2). GW enclosed commissary Ezekiel Cheever’s receipts for the gunpowder in his letter to Morris of 20 May.

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