Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To GOVERNOR JONATHAN TRUMBULL Cambridge, January 7, 1776.

    Sir: Your favor of the 1st Inst., I received and heartily thank you for your kind salutations. I was happy to hear of the great


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unanimity in your Assembly and of the several salutary Laws they passed, which shew them to be well attached to the common cause and to have taken proper measures, for supporting it.

    Inclosed you have the Amount of the Lead from Crown point, agreeable to your request. The account of the Smelting furnace and your expectations to make a considerable Quantity of Salt Petre and powder pleases me much; I wish your most Sanguine endeavours may be more than answered.

    As to Gun locks, it is not in my power to furnish any; the information you had was groundless, for there were no spare ones in the Ordnance Stores which fell into our hands, none were ever found that I have heard of, nor is there mention of them in the Invoice.

    Having undoubted intelligence, of the fitting out a Fleet at Boston and of the embarkation of Troops from thence, which from the Season of the year and other circumstances must be destined for some expedition South of this; and having such information as I can depend upon, that the Inhabitants of Long Island in the Colony of New York, or a great part of them, are Inimical to the rights and Liberties of America, and from their conduct and professions, have discovered an apparent Inclination, to assist in subjugating their fellow Citizens to ministerial tyranny: There is the greatest reason to believe, that this Armament, if not immediately design'd against the City of New York, is nevertheless intended against Long Island; and as it is of the utmost importance, to prevent the Enemy from possessing themselves of the City of New York and the North River, which would give them the Command of the Country and the Communication with Canada; I shall dispatch Major Genl Lee with orders to repair thither with such Volunteers, as are willing to join and can be expeditiously raised, (having no troops to spare from hence) to put the City and Fortifications


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on the North River, in the best posture of defence the Season and circumstances will admit of; and for disarming all such persons upon long Island or elsewhere, whose conduct and declarations, have rendered them justly suspected of designs unfriendly to the views of Congress. I have directed him to call upon the Commanding Officer of the Jersey Troops, for such Assistance as he can afford, and being informed by Capt. Sears and Mr. Woodward, who will deliver you this, and whom Genl Lee will follow in a day or two; that he apprehends 1000. or 1500. Volunteers, may be readily raised in your Government, in the Towns thro which Mr. Lee will pass; I beg the favor of you to Interpose your good offices and Interest in the Matter, to encourage men to go on this Important Service and as expeditiously as possible, for counteracting any designs our Enemies may have against us in that Quarter. Every necessary expence attending their March and Stay, will be borne by the public. I just received advice from Chelsea, about 9 or 10 Miles from this, that several Ships have sailed from Nantasket Road, that were lying there. I shall write to the Honorable the Convention of New York, by General Lee and direct his Instructions to be laid before them; praying their Assistance to facilitate the purposes of his going. I am Sir, etc.

    Boxes of Lead 19½ abt. 270 each.