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General Lee recommends the establishment of a Corps of Artificers


"New York, February 14, 1776.

"SIR: Enclosed I take the liberty of sending the case of Jean Baptiste De Gas, a Canadian, submitting to the consideration of the Provincial Congress whether it would not be proper to furnish him with a necessary sum of money to enable him to proceed to Mr˙ Bancock, to whom he has been recommended.

"Sir, as, in all probability, a considerable body of troops will be stationed in this city and its environs during the present contest, I would take the liberty to propose to the Congress the establishment of a Corps of Artificers. Such an establishment is not only necessary for the different military works, but I apprehend it will answer very materially in point of economy.

"There is another circumstance I must beg leave to


mention: it is, sir, to appoint some person as Commissary, to receive, take care of, and be responsible for the various sorts of military stores now in our hands.

"I am, sir, your most obedient servant,


"To the President of the Provincial Congress of the Colony of New-York."