effectiveness to his power, never hurried him beyond
his self-prescribed bounds.
Congress had voted him five hundred thousand dollars, in its rapidly depreciating paper, but the persons who were to sign the bills were dilatory; and in a scene of confusion and discord, without money, without powder, without artillery, without proper arms, he was yet expected to organize victory and drive the British
By the fourth of August the army was already formed into three grand divisions, at Roxbury
, and Winter Hill
, under the respective command of Ward
, and Putnam
Each division consisted of two brigades, each brigade of about six regiments; but Washington
was still unable to return the fire of the enemy, or do more than exchange a few shot by scouting parties; for when, with considerable difficulty, he obtained an accurate return of the amount of powder on hand, he found much less than half a ton; not more than enough to furnish his men with nine rounds of cartridge.
The extremity of danger could not be divulged, even while he was forced to apply in every direction for relief.
, the governor of Rhode Island
, he wrote on the fourth of August, for every pound of powder and lead that could possibly be spared from that colony; no quantity, however small, was beneath notice; the extremity of the case called loudly for the most strenuous exertions, and did not admit of the least delay.
He invoked the enterprise of John Brown
and other merchants of Providence
; he sent an address to the inhabitants of Bermuda
, from which island a vessel, under Orde of Philadelphia
, actually brought off a hundred barrels