Letter from Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Rochefontaine to Governor Fenner requesting additional funds for the completion of fortifications for the defense of Rhode Island | State Archives Catalog
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Boston August 16th 1796 Sir I have the honor to send to your Excellency, copies of the Plans, buildings, etc., now erecting or to be erected afterwards For the Defense of Rhode Island, or the Harbour of Newport. Your Excellency will easily perceive, that the sums granted Were so small, that I could not complete the plan of fortification calculated to put that Island beyond any danger of being conquered by a foreign Enemy but what your Excellency has been pleased to approve will sufficiently remove all fear of being insulted, or put under contribution by a small force such as 2 or 3 ships of the line, and 10 or 12 hundred men of Land forces; and perhaps is it more advisable to restrain our fortifications to the number of defenders easily to be collected together in case of an attack, than to be at a very great expense of erecting fortifications, which we are uncertain to man properly in case of necessity, and which probably are at last to become a conquest to an Enemy, when they intend to make a capital expedition against them I am with great Respect Your Excellency’s Most obedient humble Ser. His Excellency Arthur Fenner Rochefontaine Engr. Pro tempore
Fenner, Arthur, 1745-1805
Rhode Island. Governor (1790-1805 : Fenner)