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Letter from General Washington


Saturday January 13, 1776.

A Letter from General Washington, dated the 4th January, 1776; also, a Letter from the Committee of Safety of New-York, dated January 3d, 1776, being received, were read:

Resolved, That a Committee of Five be appointed to take into consideration a Letter from the Committee of Safety of New-York, and to confer with Mr˙ Romans, and report to Congress.

The Members chosen, Mr˙ Paine, Mr˙ Dyer, Mr˙ Lynch, Mr˙ Wythe, and Mr˙ Livingston.

The Secret Committee having made report respecting the purchase of Saltpetre:

Resolved, That the said Committee be directed to purchase the Saltpetre on the best terms they can, and have it manufactured into Gunpowder as soon as possible.


Resolved, That the Secret Committee be directed to supply Colonel Heard with two hundred pounds of Gunpowder, to enable him to carry into execution the orders of Congress.

Resolved, That John Morgan be promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant in the First Pennsylvania Battalion.

Adjourned to ten o' clock, on Monday.