Dear Sir: Amidst a multiplicity of Business Smaller matters are apt to be overlook'd, this I conceive to be the case with respect to the proposition of a Colo. Baillie 55 for opening a Road, and which I laid before Congress for their direction some months ago. The matter again occurs upon a Second application, from Mr. Weatherspoon (the bearer, at as I understand, the Instance of Colo. Baillie) whom I have desired to obtain such useful Information as he can get, and wait upon Congress with it.
[Note:Colonel Baillie was Jacob Bayley, brigadier general of New Hampshire Militia and, later, deputy quartermaster general at Coos, N. H. ]
If a safe and easy communication can be opened with Canada through the channel above spoken of many advantages undoubtedly will result from it; but as I am unacquainted with the Country through which this road is to pass; as I know nothing of the Gentlemen advising and can form no other opinion of the matter than from the Maps, the only design of my giving you the trouble of this letter is just to reach the attention of Congress to the subject matter so far as to say yea or nay.
For the Occurences of this camp I shall beg leave to refer you to my Letter to Congress, and to assure you that I am, etc. 56
[Note:The text is from the Toner Transcripts in the Library of Congress. ]