Webb, Samuel Blachley (1753-1807) to Henry Knox
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00399 Author/Creator: Webb, Samuel Blachley (1753-1807) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 July 1776 Pagination: 1p. : address ; 23.5 x 18.5 cm.
Upon the direction of George Washington, provides a letter of introduction for a Mr. Belton, who was recommended by a member of the Continental Congress, to make "some experiments on the Enemies Ships." Requests that Knox assist Belton, give him three canons, and keep the operation a secret. At the time, Webb was one of Washington's aides.
Head. Quarters NYt. July 29. 1776
The General [struck: acqu] directs me to acquaint you Mr. Belton the Bearer is the Recommended by a member of Congress as an ingenious Man and proposes making some experiments on the Enemies Ships - would have you lend him every Assistance in your power, - he wants 2 or 3 old Cannon which you may furnish him with , - 'tis of Consequence of every thing of this kind should remain Secret.
I am Sir Your
Most Huml Servt
Sam.e B. Webb. A.D. G.
Col.o Henry Knox
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