Letter from Colonel Malcom to John McKesson: One hundred and fifty men in his Regiment are without arms

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COLONEL MALCOM TO JOHN McKESSON.

New-York, July 3, 1776.

SIR: I request from the Congress their order on Mr˙ Curtenius for sixty or seventy fire-locks; he can deliver them very soon. Mr˙ Norwood also will furnish me with a few, provided I can obtain an order for that purpose. I have one hundred and fifty unarmed men — a circumstance that I do not like. Captain Brasher will attend the house to know their pleasure. If I thought these arms would be more useful in other hands, I would not apply for them.

How am I to get a medicine-chest? Dr˙ Townsend cannot attend the regiment, but Dr˙ Adams (a S˙ N˙ Lieutenant,) takes his place; he has been examined by Dr˙ Jones, whose certificate Captain Brasher will show you. I request his commission.

I am, most respectfully, sir, your very humble servant,

WILLIAM MALCOM. To John McKesson or Robert Benson.

I trouble you with this business that Captain Brasher may not be detained. Excuse me. The lobster pots at the watering-place.