To Major General Artemas Ward
New York July 4th 1776.
The Distress we are in for want of Arms induces me again to urge your sending on all such as can possibly be spared with the greatest expedition, The enemy have landed under cover of their Ships and taken possession of Staten Island—from which in all probability they will soon make a decent upon Us, the Arms would have sent to Norwich and from there by Water to this place provided there is no Risque, otherways by Land. Wishing you better Health I am sir Your Most Hume servt
LS (facsimile), in Samuel Blachley Webb’s writing, sold by Sotheby Parke Bernet &. Co., sale 4387, item 1033, 3 June 1980.