[Wulff, Elliott, Bell, Blenham to Begly, 25 Aug 1854]OFFICE of ORDNANCE,
MONTREAL, 25th August, 1854.
SIR,-In acknowledging the receipt of your letter of the 21st instant, we beg to observe that the previous understanding was that the Ordnance were to supply the Department of Public Works and not private individuals, as your letter would seem to infer, with the powder required for service on the St. Lawrence Rapids, but if the wish of the Commissioners of Public Works that the powder should be issued to Messrs. Maillefertt & Raasloff, with the guarantee of the Provincial Government in regard to its future payment, there will be of course no objection to the arrangements, but the powder must be supplied from Montreal, as the magazine at the Coteau du Lac does not contain sufficient to meet the demand.
Your most obedient humble servants,
(signed,) W . G. WULFF,
Lt. Col. C. R. E.,
O. S. W. Q.,
Col. Com. R. A,
M. M. BLENHAM.
The Secretary to the Commissioners of Public Works.
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