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
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
Boxes of Lead 19½ abt. 270 each.