Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To THE COMMITTEE OF SAFETY OF NEW YORK New York, April 29, 1776.

    Gentn.: Sometime before I left Cambridge, I received an Order of Congress to apply to the Assemblies or Conventions of the four New England Colonies, for Arms to supply the deficiency of their respective Regiments and if not to be had to discharge the men that wanted them. When I came to this Place and was informed by Colo Ritzema, of the want of this Article for


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his Regiment and the other Troops of this Colony, it became my duty to make this want known to Congress; at the same time giving it as my opinion, that as we found it no easy matter to recruit men, with the Expedition they were required, it might be disserviceable to discharge any of the York Troops, as some lucky hit may throw Arms into our hands. In consequence of which, I received by Post the inclosed Resolution, 69 which without delay, I lay before your Honorable Body. And am Gentn. etc.

[Note:Resolve of April 26 authorizing Washington to apply to the Committee of Safety or Legislature of New York for arms for the New York troops. ]