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Yesterday, at twelve o clock, I received your letter by Major Johnson. I immediately gave the necessary directions. Some companies I ordered to New London; others to New Haven; Colonel Webb, with the companies that way, if not marched, to take his station at Greenwich. Same day, at eleven o clock, I received a letter from Brigadier-General Wooster, dated the 9th, at the Oyster Ponds, on Long Island. He had with him four hundred and fifty men, besides militia, designing to preserve the stock at that place. The people on the Island had left it. He applied to me for three hundred pounds of powder, before I had made my answer and order for the powder, which I gave, notwithstanding our exhausted condition. On receipt of yours, I inserted an extract from it, for his observation.
I am informed a quantity of powder for the camp is to be at Hartford this evening, and more to follow soon. We have none lately arrived, which is daily expected. I request your direction, that of the next quantity that comes to Hartford, there may be lodged there so much as you shall judge expedient. Of what is expected do arrive in the mean time, I shall have no occasion to use your allowance. I am, most respectfully,
- 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