Glasgow at Cohasset 12th 1. PM. Decr 1774
Sir, I have your favor by Mr [Ebenezer] Dickinson, Lieutenant [Alexander] Gr[a]eme is arrived in the Sloop; Lieutenant [Joseph] Nunn in the Halifax; Mr [William] Lechmere by Land; You may be assured I shall lose no time or Opportunity in doing everything in my power for the Preservation of the Ship, an able Carpenter with two or three of that Profession would be of great Service in constructing a Rudder of this Plan.2 I purpose to get the Ship in safety to Night if possible, until I can get her in a Condition to come to Boston; If the 40 Men are completed to a 100. it will vastly contribute to forward the Ship as her Men are much fatigued already; I must refer You to Lt Lechmere for particulars of which he has heard and seen, and am Sir, [&c.]
PS. the reason I mention the Men after what You have said in your Letter, the Officers are of Opinion that the King's Men are more to be depended on than Others.
1. PRO, Admiralty 1/485, LC Transcript.
2. The rudder plan was not included in the copy Graves enclosed to the Admiralty.