[Falmouth] April 12, 1775
[Thomas] Coulson no sooner arrived, but the next day had the Canso Man of-War2 up to Town, and his old Bristol Sloop alongside of his new Ship, taking out the goods. But it seems he cannot get any of our people to help him; and I do not think he will be able to get his Ship loaded and rigged unless he gets the Man-of-Wars men to do it. And I hear that Capt. [Henry] Mowat has been pressing men; some he releases, and some retains; and it is suggested by some, that his design is to supply Captain Coulson with men from his own Ship. We shall do all we can to prevent any other person from breaking the Association. I do not think it will be amiss for you to acquaint some of the Committee of Inspection in Boston of Captain Coulson's conduct, with which the People in general in Town and Country, are very much dissatisfied.
1. Force, comp., American Archives, 4th, II, 318.
2. His Majesty's Ship Canceaux.