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present occasion; we think their service will not be wanting,
for altho' there are many of the Enemy's Ships in Potowmack,
yet there are but few men in them; those sickley and die fast.
The Fowey and Otter with about fifty sail of Vessels are
still at Saint Georges. The Roebuck with three Ships and a
few small Vessels are as high up Potowmack as Mattawoman,
where it is said they are watering. We have already con-
tracted for a large number of Camp Kettles of Iron and
Copper, and expect to procure some of Tin.
If your Brother's Iron is suitable for casting Guns we could
contract with you for fifty three pounders, fifty four-pounders,
and seventy five Swivels to Carry one pound Ball. Captain
Nicholson informs us that the length of the Swivels is not
material, the three and four pounders ought to be somewhat
shorter than the common standard. Should we find it neces-
sary we will hereafter give orders for the march of a Battalion
from Frederick County.
July 22, 1776
[Council to Price.]
To Major Thomas Price
You will make use of all or part of the Cannon as you see
cause, taking care not to waste Powder in vain.
Enclosed you have an order, which you must do every
thing in your power to enforce.
You should be particularly cautious in taking care to secure
Deserters, some of them you may depend upon it, are Spies:
the Negro you mention that escaped from the Guard may
have been sent on purpose to seduce the Slaves in the
Be pleased to inform us from time to time of material
occurrences as they happen. We have paid the express.
25 July 1776