In the death of Mr. John Forster the public have lost a warm friend to American liberty, and the privateer Gen'l. Washington is left without any one to procure the necessary articles for the ship's use, except the Captain who must purchase every material at a much larger price than a person particularly appointed for that purpose, as, if one was nominated, he might get a quantity of necessaries together, which would come much more reasonable than buying out of the retail shops.
I was at a loss who to mention to your Excellency as a proper person for the undertaking, 'till I recollected Mr. Robert Ellis, to whom I mentioned the circumstance, and he will readily accept the appointment, should your Excellency and the Council confer
I am told Mr. Toomer will also act as Commissioner for the Washington, provided he was appointed. Mr. Toomer is a very active stirring man, he also knows something of shipping, and I make no doubt but he would fill that vacancy with much credit to himself and benefit to the public. I dont presume to recommend either of those Gent. to your Excellency, I only mention them as the only two who would undertake the business.