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Letter from Maryland Council of Safety to Dr. Howard

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MARYLAND COUNCIL OF SAFETY TO DOCTORS HOWARD AND COALE.

[No˙ 81.]
Annapolis, March 24, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: We hope to have a powder-mill erected early this spring; and as we must depend on our works for a supply of saltpetre, are anxious to know how much we have already in the Province, and what it may reasonably be presumed we may expect to be provided with by the middle or last of April; and, therefore, request you will immediately inform us of the quantity of crude nitre you have made, and what you can supply per week. We have great dependance on your works, from your abilities and assiduity, and the sums of money furnished you by the former Council of Safety to carry it on extensively.

We are, &c.

To Doctors Ephraim Howard and Samuel Coale, Elkridge.

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