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On the 1st instant I met the Honorable Assembly of this Colony, to deliberate on the request and pressing reasons sent us from the Massachusetts for an immediate augmentation of troops from this Colony. Our Assembly agreed to augment with two regiments of seven hundred men each, who are now raising to join the Continental Army. It w^as wished that we could have the advice and direction of the Congress, or your Excellency, before we took this step, but thought the present critical situation of our affairs would not admit the delay of obtaining it. Since your arrival at camp before Boston, views and considerations of their situation and circumstances, I shall gladly be advised, and shall attend your request for the hastening and marching the men.
There are thirteen hundred and ninety-one barrels of flour come to the care of Colonel Jedediah Hunting ton, at Norwich, for the use of the army, which I have ordered forward. The busy season with the farmers renders its speedy transportation difficult. Please to advise of the need of hurry, and where it shall be ordered to be delivered.
Our Assembly supplied Major-General Schuyler with fifteen thousand pounds in cash, and forty barrels of another necessary article. Accounts from the north ward are favorable. The brig Nancy, Thomas Davis, master, which arrived at Stonington with molasses, is removed to Norwich. She hath on board eighteen or nineteen thousand gallons. The Committee of Inspection and Correspondence, I trust, will take proper care respecting both vessel and cargo.
The road by my door being the nearest for post-riding from Cambridge to Philadelphia, I shall be obliged, whenever your Excellency has occasion to send to that city, if the rider may be directed this way, and to call on me, for the convenience of any despatches I may have occasion to forward by him. Fessenden has passed this way more than once.
I am, with great esteem and regard, Sir, your obedient and most humble servant,
- Correspondence of the American Revolution; Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Volume I., Jared Sparks, 1853