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Letter from the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania


A Letter from the Committee of Safety at Philadelphia, of the 19th instant, was read and filed, and is in the words following, to wit:

"In Committee of Safety, Philadelphia,

August 19, 1775.

"GENTLEMEN: We have received and considered your application for a supply of gunpowder. We had already furnished to the Army and to the neighbouring Colonies all we could safely spare, when an express arriving from General Schuyler, dated the 2d of August, at Ticonderoga, expressing his great want of powder, we forwarded to him two thousand two hundred pounds weight, directed to the care of the Committee at Albany. At the time we sent it we were not informed that a large quantity, which arrived in New-Jersey, from South-Carolina, had been forwarded to him a short time before, which it is likely he had not heard of when he wrote, but which would make our last supply unnecessary. As probably that may not be gone from Albany, we leave it to your consideration whether it may not, on an application to General Schuyler, be brought back from thence for your use.

"We are, Gentlemen, your most obedient humble servants. By order: B˙ FRANKLIN, Pres' t.

"To P˙ V˙ B˙ Livingston, Esq˙, and the Members of the Provincial Congress, New-York."