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Caleb S. Pratt to George L. Stearns

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Lawrence May 30 1860 Geo. S. Stearns Esq Boston
Dear Sir,
Mess Ingersoll, Benson & Gardner called on me this morning and informed me that there is an urgent need of of weapons of defence at Mr. Gardners and that no weapon can be obtained by the most diligent efforts. Under the circumstances believing the articles to be perfectly safe at Mr. G’s I have allowed him to take 7 Rifles and 4 Sabres to his house with permission to use the same if necessary and to be returned on my order, taking the receipt of the above gentlemen therefor
One of them will write

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to you asking for an order from you for the arms or the use of them and will doubtless state more fully the occasion etc
I do not deem that I have any instruction for the disposition of the “material” but under the circumstances, believe that a temporary deposit of them as I herein advise you of would be in accordance with your wishes and not contrary to the letter of the trust
Will you be kind enough to send me an abstract of the memo “furnished by Mr Willis containing number of different articles
Yours Truly Caleb S. Pratt
I shall allow the weapons to remain at Mr Gs until I receive

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advice from you. C. S. Pratt

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