Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To MAJOR GENERAL RICHARD MONTGOMERY Cambridge, January 12, 1776.

    Dear Sir: Every Account from your Quarter serves to confirm our Hopes that you will get Possession of Quebec if not already in your Hands. I must beg, therefore, your Attention to the Wants of the Army here, which are not few, and if they cannot in some Part be supplied by you, I do not know where else I can apply. After Powder, the principal Deficiency is that of Arms. Those brought in by the Soldiers are so very indifferent that I cannot place Confidence in them. Blankets and Cloathing we are very deficient in. Of these and other Necessaries, I am taught to beleive, there is Abundance in Canada. Quebec is, I suppose, the great Magazine for them, and all Kind of military Stores. I hope it will be in your Power to forward to this Place from thence a sufficient Quantity to relieve our Wants. Whatever you can spare we shall have Occasion for, and your sending them as expeditiously as possible, will be doing vast Service to this Army, and very much oblige, Sir, Yrs.

    P.S. Arms we are exceedingly in Want of. These I could wish to receive without Delay, if you can supply them from the King's Stores in Quebec.


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