Cornish Decr 12 1780
You will please to excuse us, in urging the Necessity of Supporting this Frontier, which from Charlestown & upwards, contains More than one Hundred & Twenty Miles; and is greatly exposed to a total Desolation by the Enemy. We must be of Opinion, that not only the Safety of the Inhabitants of this River; but the Grand Cause of America, depends much upon uniting Canady with these States; And that, as one Town not a great Distance from us, has Suffered A Conflagration by the Enemy, unless an Expedition against Canady is formed, we fear great part of this Frontier will suffer in like manner, or be necessitated to leav their Habitations.
We Shall do every thing in our Power to forward an Expedition into Canady; having been heretofore apply’d to, by the Commissary of purchases, we have now on Hand three Thousand Bushels of Grain unpaid for which is at the Continents Service; We presume large quantities might now be purchased, in this Quarter; But as we have been necessitated to guard what is now on Hand, at our own Expence, we are of Opinion, that the grain in this Quarter cannot long be Secure, unless defended by the Country, but must be transported. We are Your Excellencys very Humble Servants
Samuel Chase Inhabitants of Cornish
DLC: Papers of George Washington.