[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 29 Jun 1854]MONTREAL, 29th June, 1854.
Sir,-The undersigned find that powder is at present at a very high price, and that the 6250 barrels which will be wanted for the firing of fifty heavy charges, as to agreement of 18th October, 1853, will, delivered at the Coteau, cost nearly £250, and as they understand from the Honorable Wm. H. Merritt, that powder might perhaps be obtained from the Ordnance Department at a lower price, considering that it is to be used in a work of public improvement, they most respectfully beg to inquire where they will have to address themselves for the purpose of ascertaining whether and at what price the above quantity of powder of the Ordnance stores could be obtained, and also whether the Department of Public Works would be inclined to endorse a requisition from the undersigned to the Ordnance Department, or to make such a requisition in their favor.We have the honor to remain,
Your most obedient servants,
MAILLEFERT & RAASLOFF.
Thomas A. Begly, Esquire,
Secretary, Department of Public Works,
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