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Committee of Fairfax County (Virginia) to General Washington



Alexandria, November 14, 1775.

SIR: By order of the Committee of this County, there was shipped from hence by Messrs˙ Henley & Call, on the 18th of November, 1774, one hundred and fifty-seven barrels flour, in the Schooner Volatile, Captain Woodbury, amounting to £215 10s˙; and the freight paid here, £23 11s˙; also fifty bushels beans, amount, £10; and eleven barrels bread and five barrels of flour by the Captains Hiltan and Rust, amount, £14 9s˙ 3d˙; the contingent charges paid here £53s˙ 6d˙ — makes in the whole £268 13s˙ 9d˙, say two hundred and sixty eight pounds, thirteen shillings and nine pence. Our Committee has also, by the favour of John Custis, Esq˙, sent £53 13s˙ 3d˙ to be distributed, as you see necessary, among the deserving poor of Boston: there are still some more subscriptions to come in, which shall be forwarded as soon as they are received.

This Committee has never been favoured with a line from the Committee in Boston, acknowledging the receipt of any thing being received from hence, which surprises them. You have too much business upon your hands to request an inquiry into it. May every happiness attend you, in your endeavours in establishing that liberty so essentially necessary for the good of mankind; and that you may return with laurels among your friends is the sincere wish of, Sir, your most obedient humble servants,

WM˙ RAMSAY, For Fairfax Committee.