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Letter from Richard Varick to General Gates: Shoes and stockings, shirts, cartridge paper, iron pots and kettles, musket balls, and swivels, will be sent as fast as possible



Albany, September 8, 1776.

DEAR GENERAL : Last evening I received a letter from Mr˙ Egbert, desiring me to order up shoes and other articles for the army. In answer to which I am sorry to say no shoes and stockings are to be had here. The General has wrote to Congress on this head. Shirts are sent up as fast as they can be procured. Small cartridge paper was sent up last week, and more is wrote for to New-York, Iron pots and kettles shall be sent as fast as they can be collected and wagons procured. It is not in our power to furnish any more lead or musket ball until it arrives from the southward.

I do myself the honour to enclose you a return of cannon, grape and swivel shot, being the first that has arrived in consequence of the requisitions from Tyonderoga. I shall order it up instanter, and as much more as may arrive, without the least delay. I am informed that some of the swivels ordered are arrived. If so, you may be assured that despatch in this instance will also be made.

I am, dear General, most respectfully, yours,


To the Hon˙ Major-General Gates.