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General Washington to Governour Trumbull



Camp at Cambridge, September 2, 1775.

SIR: I am to acknowledge the receipt of your favour of the 21st ult˙, with the enclosures. By my last letters from Ticonderoga, I expect a quantity of lead will be forwarded soon, to your care, from thence. I am glad there are such prospects of a supply of that article from the mines in your Colony. I make no doubt they will receive suck encouragement, both publick and private, as their importance and value demand.

By the time you receive this letter you will be able to judge, with some certainty, whether the fleet which sailed last from Boston was destined for your coast. If it is not yet arrived, we may conclude it has sailed to the eastward. If it has arrived, the issue will be known immediately; so that in either case the continuance of the new-raised levies along the coast is unnecessary. You will, therefore, on the receipt of this, be pleased to order them to march immediately to this camp, directing the commanding officer, at the same time, to give me two or three days' notice of the time in which the troops will arrive, that suitable acommodations may be prepared. Their presence is the more necessary, as I may in confidence inform you that I am about to detach ten or twelve hundred men on an expedition into Canada, by way of Kennebeck River, from which I have the greatest reason to expect either that Quebeck will fall into our hands a very easy prey, or such a diversion made as will open a very easy passage to General Schuyler,

We are now so well secured in our late advanced post on the hill, that the enemy have discontinued their cannonade. The men continue in good health and spirits.

I am, with much regard and esteem, Sir, your most obedient and very humble servant,


To Governour Trumbull