Preston Boston 10 decem. 1774
I had the honor of your Excellency's letter acquainting Me with your having Ordered two Vessels to be purchased for his Majesty's Service and desiring Signals for them to pass and repass the King's Ships under my Command. I have accordingly given directions for that purpose, upon their hoisting a Yellow Pendant when they at any time come near One of the Squadron.
I am Sir with great regard Your Excellency's [&c.]