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Unknown Estimate of sundry expenses to carry on the works at Carlisle

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00944 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript document Date: May 1781 Pagination: 5 p. : docket ; 31.6 x 19.5 cm.

Pertains to Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Lists ordnance and other supplies. Page one contains an "Estimate of Sundry Expences to carry on the Works at Carlisle" comprising a list of artillery supplies, including quantities, cost and exchange rate. Pages two and three contain an "Estimate of ordnance and Ammunition necessary for the Intended Operations against New York, noting where the Cannon may be found and the sums necessary to procure the supplies wanting. Pages four and five contain an "Estimate of the Number and Value of Supplies necessary to complete an Army of Twenty five thousand Men for the Ensuing Campaign."

These estimates were probably submitted by Henry Knox to George Washington, who, in turn, would have submitted them to the Board of War. On 28 May 1781, Washington wrote Knox, "As you are perfectly acquainted with the Measures which have been concerted with the Count De Rochambeau, I have only to request that you will be pleased to make all the necessary Estimates of Articles wanted in your Department, and also put the whole business for the Operation (so far as is within your reach) in the best train of execution, which our embarrassed circumstances will possibly admit." (GW Papers at the Library of Congress)

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