Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To THE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE Camp at Cambridge, October 30, 1775.

    Sir: At the Instance and request of the Committee of Cape Ann, I dispatch'd Major Mason to Survey and make a Report of such Works of Defence as were already constructed there and how far any New one might be Necessary. From his Observations and Account, I find that a Battery may be erected there to the great advantage, and Security of the Place; But the small Stock of Artillery, belonging to the Army prevents me

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from Supplying the Materials for this Purpose. I have therefore thought proper to acquaint you, with the Circumstances of the Case, that you may make the best Provision for this Necessity, and have also sent Major Mason 60 down to you, that particular Enquiry, if desired may be made; Be pleased to communicate this Information to your Honorable House. I am Sir, etc.

[Note:Maj. David Mason of Gridley's artillery. ]