Discussion of Condition of Military Stores in Rhode Island & Unauthorized Use of Powder

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Date July 16, 1787
Author Name Jeremiah Olney (primary)
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Encloses return of public stores deposited in Rhode Island. Discusses discrepancies between previous returns of stores and the ones just completed, also notes that much of the stores are in poor condition. Mentions unauthorized use of public powder.
Document Format Contemporary Copy of Letter
Document Notes Cited in Olney to Knox, 12/04/1787.
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; Jeremiah Olney; Major Josiah Flagg; Governor Bowen; Cincinnati; ;
Related Places Rhode Island; War Office; New York; public magazine; Providence; ;
Keywords return of public stores; settling his accounts; damages; defective; stores; pwoder; fixed ammunition; flannel; paper cartridges; salt; unfixed ammunition; canvas; rotten; loose grape; muskets; ammunition; return of military stores; heavy cannon; expenses; examination; vouchers; bills; 4th of July; Fourth of July; damaged powder; ;
Key Phrases expences attending the examination of the public stores in this state; vouchers I will produce as soon as I have it in my power to discharge the several bills; prevailed upon by a vote to deliver twenty four pounds of damaged powder from the public magazine for a federal discharge of cannon in honor of the day; confess I felt a delicacy in the matter; principle stores that are already damaged and still are wasting with time are the powder in barrels many of which appears to be in clumps & cakes; powder in the fixed ammunition is generally hard packed & in many instances the flannell & paper cartridges are destroyed by the salts; unfixed ammunition is likewise considerably damaged the canvas being in many instances rotten; ammunition taken out of the boxes and laid two days in the sun; in the examination there appeared so great a part defective and many articles almost or quite useless that I did not pretend except in a very few instances to note the good from bad; quality of the articles will always speak for themselves;

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