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Letter from the Camp, near Boston, to a Gentleman in New-York


In Provincial Congress at New-York, June 1, 1775.

GENTLEMEN : Agreeable to the minute of the Grand Congress, we (being unable, as you know, to garrison Ticonderoga, Crown Point, or Fort George) made application to the Eastern Colonies for their assistance. In our letter to Governour Trumbull, of Connecticut, we desired him to order Troops on that service, and informed him that it is our intention that the commanding officer of those Troops should be the commander of the forts by them garrisoned. We moreover requested him to give orders to such officer to use great diligence to prevent any inroads into Canada.

This morning we have received his Honour' s and the Assembly' s answer, of which we send you a copy. You will find that one thousand men are already on their way to the frontier country. Their commanding officer is Colonel Hinman, wherefore we beg you will inform all persons in that part of the country of his appointment. We have at present no powder in this City, nor can we possibly tell you when we shall have any. The reason of this uncertainty is, that the British Ministry have taken measures to prevent supplies of powder from coming to America from any part of Europe. But you will easily see that though such attempts may delay, they cannot prevent us from getting some. Should the Indians again mention their uneasiness on the subject of powder, it will, as we conceive, be proper to mention to them the endeavours of Great Britain to hinder both them and us from obtaining any. We have received your despatches of the twenty-sixth ultimo, and already forwarded copies to the Grand Congress.

We are, Gentlemen, your most obedient humble servants.

To Doctor Samuel Stringer, Chairman of the Sub-Committee of the City and County of Albany.