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Letter to Adam Babcock


Letter to ADAM BABCOCK, Esquire:

New-York, November 21, 1775.

SIR: We received your favour 10th current, directed to Henry Remsen, Esquire, requesting the loan of ten pieces of heavy cannon for the defence of your Town. In answer to which, we inform you, that we have no cannon, the exclusive property of our constituents, of the weight you mention, though there are a considerable number lying on our Battery, claimed by the Province; and as our Provincial Congress (who only are competent to determine upon your application) are about sitting, we have referred it to them, and doubt not but they will do all in their power to serve you, consistently with the safety of the Colony; but are strongly inclined to believe they will judge it inexpedient, for the safety of the City, to have them removed, under present circumstances.


We have written his Honour, your Governour, to the above effect, and are your very humble servants.

By order of the Committee.