From Ezekiel Cheever
Springfield [Mass.] Sepbr 3. 1778
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Excellencys Letter the 31st ulto and observe the Contents & will take all necessary precautions respecting the Same. Will write immediately to his Excelly Govr Trumbull to give me the earliest Notice in Case the Enemy Should make a Landing upon the Coast of Connecticut, and If He apprehends it adviseable or necessary to remove the public Stores from this Place; to grant me as many Teams as possible for the purpose.
Yesterday I recd an order from Genl Heath to Send to Boston with the utmost dispatch, 100,000 on Cart’gs. 4 doz. portfires Four Tons Cannon Powder all wch is gone forward, His honrs letter is Dated the 31st ulto. He Sayes a Fleet of Ships are now in our Bay, But who or what they are is yet unknown—perhaps they are the Ships your Excellency mentions ever Solictous Sir for your Health & Prosperity—I have the Honor to be your Excellencys Obedt Hume Servt
Ezekl Cheever D.C.G. M. Stores
ALS, DLC:GW. Cheever wrote on the cover that this letter was “favd by mr Lewis Dunn.”