I am sorry to inform your Lordship that on the 17th Ulto two armed Schooners from New England came to this Harbour, the Crews of which plundered Govr Patterson's House of everything Valuable in it as well as his publick and private Papers, 2 seiz'd the Persons of Phillips Callbeck Esqr the Commander in Chief & Mr [Thomas] Wright the Surveyor General and carried them off Prisoners... Continue Reading
The Governor proposed to the Council, that a Proclamation be published requiring all Persons not Settled Inhabitants, who since the last of September have or shall come into this Town to give Notice, to two Magistrates who shall be Appointed for that purpose on pain of being treated as Spies; Also requiring Inn keepers, and publick House keepers to give notice of the Arrival of any Strangers... Continue Reading
Friday, Dec. 8th, ー Capt. John Cobb, in the schooner Property, arrives from Cape Nichola Mole, with some molasses, etc. He had about six weeks' passage, fell to the eastward, has been in at Prospect. Brings news from there that two armed vessels, a ship of 24 guns, and a schooner of 12 guns, were at Canso, and had taken about 22 prizes, which were all lying in Canso Harbour. Which news comes from... Continue Reading
We the Subscribers, Inhabitants of the Town of Yarmouth, beg leave at this critical and alarming time to address ourselves to your Excellency, We want to Express to you the opinion we have of our Situation at present: and hope to be inform'd in what manner we may live and enjoy our Possessions. We do all of us profess to be true Friends & Loyal Subjects to George our King, We were almost all... Continue Reading
Cape Sable W17S 13 Leags
AM fresh gales & rain, Empld occasionally ー Light airs & Cloudy ½ past one PM fired a Gun & md Sigl to weigh Do weighed & made sail [from Halifax] with 3 Ships, a Brigg & Sloop under Convoy,
The needful of this is to beg the favour you will assist the bearer, Captain Offin Boardman, in getting a commission for the schooner Washington, 2 as we have fitted her for a privateer. In case you would be bondsman for Captain Boardman, we will, at all events, indemnify you. Your compliance with this request will lay us under the strongest obligations to you. We are, with respect, [... Continue Reading
We are engaged in fixing out Captain Peter Roberts, the bearer, in a small sloop, for a privateer, and have to ask the favour of you to assist him in procuring a commission for that purpose, as we are all pretty much engaged in privateers, powder vessels, recruits, &c., and cannot, with any convenience, come down. If you will stand in with Captain Roberts, as a bondsman, we hereby engage to... Continue Reading
I am sorry to find by your favour of the 14th. Ulto. that there is so little prospect of stopping the Navigation of the Potomack, by sinking of Vessels, or Cheveaux de Frieze; the Channel being not only deep but wide in those places which you judged most likely to admit of these obstructions. What ever plan you adopt, if executed at the expence of Individuals, should be as extensive as possible... Continue Reading
I am Commanded by his Excelly to desire you will put Mr Richard Darby Junr in the proper road, to get his Brig Kingston packett & her Cargo into his possession, 2 Whether she is to proceed on her intended voyage to the West Indies or not, the General Cannot himself determine, that is the business of Committees of Safety ー the General is determined to have no further trouble with... Continue Reading
Gentlemen, What is abreach of the Association, or what is not, the General has not time nor indeed does he think himself a Competent judge, to decide upon, that surely comes under the Cognizance of Committees of Safety ー
The General thinks the Officers on board the Armed Vessels, have deviated from the line of their Instructions, tho' perhaps not from the Spirit of them by taking this Brigt from... Continue Reading
By the Fowey, who arrived with the Francis Transport the 26 Ulto, I received your Letter Novr 8 with a Copy inclosed of a Minute of the House of Assembly in Nova Scotia, appointing an Address to be presented to Governr Legge, and a Memorial to you from the Merchants at Halifax concerned in Navigation; and desiring to know how far I would have the Craft and Vessels belonging to the Province... Continue Reading
Remarks Boston Harbour.
Arrived here his Majs Ship Fowey with an armed Brig belonging to the Rebels which she took 2
You are hereby required and directed to take your Carpenters with you and forthwith repair on board the Washington Brig and having carefully Examined into the Condition of her Hull, Masts, Yards and Stores, report to me under your hands the exact State the whole is now in, And as there is the greatest necessity for her proceeding to Sea immediately as an Armed Vessel, 2 You are to... Continue Reading
Sir, Inclosed is the Carpenters Report of the State of the Hull, Mast and Yards of the Brig Washington.
The Cannon and Carriages totally Unserviceable, The Small Arms many of them broke, and all out of repair
And we are of Opinion that she is unfit for War. Given under our hands on board the said Brig at Boston 8th Decr 1775
Pursuant to an Order from Samuel Graves Esqr Vice Admiral of the White &ca
We whose Names are hereunto Subscribed have been on board the Washington Brig and there taken a strict and careful Survey of her Hull, Masts and Yards and find as follows, Vizt
The whole of the Timbers under the Deck ー Rotten and totally decayed. The Main Beam and foremost Beam decayed. The Ceiling forward very bad.... Continue Reading
Sir In the last letter which I had the honor to Address You I took the liberty to recommend to Congress to send three thousand men to this [P]lace, that they might seize the first oppertunity of marching into Canada such a measure then appeared to me to be prudent, unfortunately for us it seems now to be indispensibly necessary as the inclosed letters from General Montgomery and Colo Arnold... Continue Reading
Capt. Thomas Proctor & Lieut. Francis Procter, this day attended the Board, and agreeable to a Resolve of the 6th ins't, were dismissed the Service of this Board.
By order of Congress, Robert Morris, Esq'r, made application to this Board to secure three Prisoners that are on Board Capt. Whipple, In consequence of which the following Commitment was Issued:
Receive into your Custody the... Continue Reading
Sir, Your letter of the 28th of Novr by Capt: [Joseph] Blewer being received, was immediately laid before Congress.
By my Letter of the 2d Inst., which I hope you will, in due Time receive, you will perceive, the Congress have in a great Measure prevented 2 your Wishes having written to New York, and given Orders to Genl Schuyler to supply You with, and to forward with all possible... Continue Reading
I wrote you the 28 Octr Since then have recd your favrs of the 4th & 29th Augt and note the Contents. this I intend for a brig that is going from New York, if it gets there in time I still think your letters Will Come safe by Packett if you avoid Politicks therefore would Advise you to write by them if No other opportunity offers I have Long Since ordred Mr [Stephen] Skinner of Amboy to... Continue Reading
We lately received a letter from our George Salmon Who is now in Dublin Requesting the Disbursements of the Schooner Industry Should be forwarded to him properly attested to Enable him to Recover of the Insurance We therefore request (if you have not allredy done it [)] to comply with his request Which Very much [appreciate?] Direct him at Mr Charles Jurgans North Strand Dublin