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Letter, Francis Lewis for Commercial Committee of Congress to Thomas Mumford, 1779 September 10

 Item — Container: Box 1, Folder: 7
Identifier: 2021-SC-004-007

Scope and Contents

Letter from Commercial Committee of Congress, Francis Lewis, James Searle, and John Fell, to Thomas Mumford. Francis Lewis is a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Letter is requesting gunpowder for American Independence, "...This committee have lodged monies in the hands of the agents at St.Eustatia to procure powder... If therefore you will enclose us your order on Messrs. Milner and Haynes for the remainder for the fifty tons of powder they had contracted to deliver, our agents will immediately pay them the balance that may be due to them. As we shall send a vessel to St. Eustatia in a short time we must beg your answer by return of post..." St. Eustatia, an island in the Caribbean, was a center for contraband trade during the Revolutionary War. Letter signed. 1 page.


  • 1779 September 10


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1 pages ; 19 x 24 cm

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