Dear Sir: My last to you was the 5th Instt. I have since received your most agreable Favour, and it's Inclosures of the 7th. The Surrender of St. John's is a pleasing Presage of the Reduction of Quebec, in effecting which, I hope, Colonel Arnold will cooperate. The last Account from him is dated the 13th. Octr., at the 2nd. Portage, from Kennebeck to the dead River, from whence he had dispatched an Express to you, and expected your Answer at Chaudiere Pond, where he expected to be in eight or ten Days. By your not mentioning to have heard from him, I apprehend the Express has been intercepted.
I am in very great Want of Powder, Lead, Mortars, Cannon, indeed of most Sorts of military Stores. For Want of them we really cannot carry on any spirited Operation. I shall, therefore, be much obliged to you to send me all that can be spared from your Quarter. Mr. Henry Knox, an experienced Engineer will set out for your Place and inform you of those Articles that are most immediately necessary; but as this Gentleman goes first to New York, you will please to get in Readiness for Transportation, such Guns, Mortars, and Ammunition as you can, and Mr. Knox will on his Arrival send them forward. There is nothing of Consequence to acquaint you of from this Quarter, except the Arrival of a Train of Artillery, and Part of five Regiments from Ireland, to reinforce the ministerial Army at Boston. I am, etc.