During your late absence from this State the Honourable Alexander Martin, Esquire, (then acting Governor) made application to the Merchants of this place for a supply of such articles as they had it in their power to furnish for the use of the Army. We,
It was then in their power immediately to inform the exact amount they could furnish or whence the Goods lay, but it was to be done through us as soon as possible, in conformity to which we yesterday received their Letter of the 22nd, Current covering Invoices which we now inclose you, to the amount of four thousand five hundred & Twenty-One pounds 19/. We are desired to inform you, the Goods mentioned in the Invoice, are now in Richmond subject to your Order; as Messrs. Hunter, Banks & Co. rely on us to finish this business for them we have desired Mr. William Gilmour, Merchant in Halifax, to obtain the necessary Certificate for the Receipt of the Goods and any further security for payment that is customarily allowed by the public to the Seller.
We take this opportunity to express our Gratitude for the lenient manner in which we have been called upon since the Commencement of your Administration for supplies for the Army & to assure you that it will ever be our Study to contribute as much as in our power to the support of the Common Cause we are engaged in, & to the Emolument of this State in particular.
On the back of this letter, in Gov. Burke’s handwriting, is the following:
Rec’d. Apl. 19th.
22nd applied for Informn. to Spk. of Senate, who answd. that no
Answd. by inclosing the Speaker’s Information, referring them to future Magistrate and thanking them for their favorable expressions, declaring my wishes in favor of the general understanding of the utility of Commerce and a liberal patronage and protection for it.