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Letter from Patrick Henry to Robert Carter Nicholas


It was then considered, that as a General Congress would meet in a few days; and probably a Colony Convention would shortly assemble, and that the reprisal now made


would amply replace the Powder, with the charges of transportation, the Commanding Officer wrote the following Letter, and sent it by express:

May 4, 1775.

SIR: The affair of the Powder is now settled, so as to produce satisfaction to me, and I earnestly wish to the Colony in general. The people here have it in charge from the Hanover Committee, to tender their services to you as a publick officer, for the purpose of escorting the publick Treasury to any place in this Colony, where the money would be judged more safe than in the City of Williamsburgh. The reprisal now made by the Hanover Volunteers, though accomplished in a manner least liable to the imputation of violent extremity, may possibly be the cause of future injury to the Treasury. If, therefore, you apprehend the least danger, a sufficient guard is at your service. I beg the return of the bearer may be instant, because the men wish to know their destination.

With great regard, I am, Sir, your most humble servant,