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Letter from the President of Congress to Colonel Lewis



Philadelphia, July 16, 1776.

SIR: The article of lead is so essentially necessary for our Army at this juncture, that the Council of Safety of this Colony have recommended to the inhabitants to spare the lead weights from their windows, and the lead from their houses, by which means they have been furnished with a considerable quantity, which has been run into ball, and part of which is now on the way to the Jerseys. But as, under the present exigency, that quantity is far short of what is wanted for the Army in the Jerseys, and every method should be taken to collect it, I am therefore directed to request you will send by the wagons, which are now on their


way to your Colony with powder, all the lead you can possibly procure at Fredericksburgh. The state of our affairs will not admit of the least delay, and I am convinced there is no necessity for arguments to induce you to an immediate compliance with this requisition.

I have the honour to be, sir, your most obedient and very humble servant,
JOHN HANCOCK, President.

Colonel Fielding Lewis.