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William Whipple To John langdon



Philadelphia, June 17, 1776.

MY DEAR SIR: The money mentioned in a former letter is gone forward toBoston. Mr˙Hancock has desired Mr˙Cushing to send it toNew-Hampshire; it is in a box directed to ColonelWeare. I am glad you intend forProvidence, and heartily wish you may succeed in getting the guns there; if not, I do not know when you will have them, but fear it will be a long time; for though two furnaces in this Province are employed making guns for the ships, there are no more than two twelve-pounders yet brought to town, and but very few of the other sizes; and if they were here, I think there will be great difficulty in getting them to you.

I some time ago mentioned to the Chairman of the Secret Committee what you propose respecting powder, and am in no doubt but you will be supplied in season with that article; in short, I am not concerned about anything but guns and men. The Committee decline giving orders for shipping men, while the prospect of getting guns is at such a distance.

I find there is no possibility of getting you appointed


agent while you have a seat in Congress; and if you are not appointed, I am apprehensive the present acting agent will be confirmed. I have already told many of the members that you intended to resign your seat here. It is ColonelBartlett' s opinion that you should come here; I do not know but it would be right for you to come. I should be exceeding glad to be at home for a few months. If this plan is agreeable to you, I shall like to set out about the middle ofJuly; but as there will be time enough for you to answer this before I shall set out, shall let it rest entirely on your determination. If you determine to resign, shall have you appointed as soon as I know of your resignation. I must confess I am loath you should give up your seat; but if it is your choice I hope you will see that a proper person is appointed to supply your place. At all events it is probable I shall set out some time inJuly, and if I can get a companion shall take your carriage. In that case, should be glad to know if you will have your trunk brought home. I mean to take your carriage unless you direct otherwise. You mention in some of your letters the appointment of two agents; that I think would be unnecessary and improper, as one man could certainly do all the business. I hope your answer will be very explicit about your coming or resigning.

This day fortnight I expect the grand question will be determined in Congress, that being the day assigned to receive the report of a Committee who are preparing the Declaration. There is as great a change here since my arrival, as there was inNew-Hampshire between the time that the powder was taken from the fort and the battle ofBunker-Hill.

New-Jersey has called a new Convention, who are now sitting. They have forbidden the meeting of the Assembly who were called by the Governour' s proclamation, and I hope my next will advise you of that Governour' s being seized, which I think ought to have been done many months ago. Affairs go on here bravely, as you will see by the papers.

I wrote some time ago that blank warrants would be sent to you; but it seems the Committee have changed their minds, and now say the names must be sent here.

I am, &c˙,