[dateline] Philadelphia March 24. 1777
[salute] Dear sir
This Morning, a Vessell1
has arrived in this City with 6800 stand of excellent Arms and 1500 Gun Locks, belonging
to Congress and 1500 more private Property. These last We have ordered to be bought.
This News you may depend on, the Letters were brought into Congress, in the Midst
of a Debate concerning a Resolution to impower the General to procure Arms wherever
he could find them.2
Thus, it is—on how many Occasions, when We have been unable to see any Way to help
ourselves has Providence, Sent Us an unexpected Relief! Thus it has been, and thus
it will be. I am, &c.