The Kings pleasure was signified by Lord Dartmouth for 2. Vessels to be taken up to carry Arms, Cloathing and Military-Stores to Virginia and Quebec, And Orders were given next day accordingly.
In consequence of the above the Maria storeship was taken up for Virginia, & the Jacob for Quebec, the first of which went out under the Convoy of the Liverpool, and the... Continue Reading
I am directed by Lord Dartmouth to desire you will acquaint me for his Lordship's information, what steps have been taken for augmenting the Squadron under the command of Vice Admiral [Samuel] Graves, pursuant to His Majesty's Pleasure signified to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty in Lord Dartmouth's Letter of the 17th Instant.
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In return to your Letter of this date, desiring to be acquainted, for the Earl of Dartmouth's information, what Steps have been taken for augmenting the Squadron under the Command of Vice Adml Graves, pursuant to his Majesty's Pleasure signified to my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty in Lord Dartmouth's Letter of the 17th Instant, I am to acquaint you, that their Lordships gave immediate... Continue Reading
Not having heard, or imagining that there will be any alteration in the measures relative to North America, I have written a letter to Mr [Philip] Stephens which I have desired him to communicate to your Lordship, directing some farther reinforcements which are pointed out by Admiral [Samuel] Graves as Necessary; and which if approved by your Lordship & the rest of His Majesty's confidential... Continue Reading
Hessom arrived here this Morng and I now redispatch him with Answers to such Parts of the Letters you have sent me, as require Measures to be immediately taken upon them.
Sir H[ugh] Palliser & I are of Opinion that in consequence of Adml [Samuel] Graves's Wish to have more Boats, the Navy Board should be directed to supply each Ship for America with a Cutter on [or] Yawl above the Established... Continue Reading
Lord Sandwich ー Your letter accompanying those received from Major Pitcairn is just arrived: that officer's conduct seems highly praiseworthy. I am of his opinion that when once those rebels have felt a smart blow, they will submit; and no situation can ever change my fixed resolution, either to bring the colonies to a due obedience to the legislature of the mother country or to cast them off!... Continue Reading
(No 21) On the 10th of last Month in the Morning, Lieut Nunn arrived at my Office with your dispatch containing an Account of the Transaction on the 19th of April, of which the public had before received Intelligence by a Schooner, to all Appearance, sent by the Enemies of Govt on purpose to make an Impression here, by representing the Affair between the King's Troops & the Rebel Provincials... Continue Reading
The Lords Commissrs of His Majts Treasury having transmitted to my Lords Commissrs of the Admty an Extract of a Letter from the Collector & Comptroller of the Customs at Rhode Island to the Commissrs of the Customs in America, relative to the introduction of Military Stores from Holland or St Eustatia; and offering their Opinion that no check can possibly be put thereto, but by an Armed... Continue Reading
My Lords The King having received Advices that not only the 4 New England Governments are in open and actual Rebellion, & that the People have been daring enough, amongst other Acts of Hostility to make Seizures of several Vessels, and to send the Crews to Prison, but also that the Flame has extended itself to most of the other Colonies, in which the greatest Violences have been committed,... Continue Reading
Dr. Sir I have just now received the enclosed from my Lord Sandwich2 by a Messenger, & am to beg you will lay it before my Lord Dartmh & favor me with his Lordships Sentiments thereupon ー I shall be in Town early on Monday morning, or sooner if I learn from you that it is necessary ー I am ever Dr Sir [&c.]
The Augmentation of Vice Admiral [Samuel] Graves's Squadron by an Addition of 50 Gun Ships as he proposes & which I see Lord Sandwich approves, corresponds exactly with the Wishes of the rest of the King's Servants, and Lord Dartmouth would have received The King's Pleasure upon it, with the other Matters contained in his Letter to the Lords of the Admiralty of yesterday's date, but that both... Continue Reading
Commissioners for Victualling His Majesty's Navy were order'd to send out 4. Months more provisions, for 6,000, Men, of all Species.
. . . it is the King's firm Resolution that the most vigorous efforts should be made both by Sea and Land to reduce his rebellious subjects to obedience and the proper measures are now pursuing not only for augmenting the army under General [Thomas] Gage but also for making such additions to our Naval Strength in North America as may enable Admiral [Samuel] Graves to make such a disposition of... Continue Reading
Sir. Your brother3 has been so obliging as to communicate to me from time to time, such Intelligence as you have transmitted to him respecting the State of affairs in Maryland, and about 10 days ago I had the Satisfaction to receive your Letter of the 5th. of May.
I sincerely wish you may not have been too sanguine in your hopes that the time is not far distant when Peace &... Continue Reading
My Lord Your Lordship's dispatches of the 1st & 15th of May have been received and laid before the King, and it is with the greatest Satisfaction that I transmit to your Lordship His Majesty's Approbation of the Spirit and Fortitude with which you resisted the Attempts to compell you by force to restore the Gunpowder which your Lordship so prudently and properly had put on board the Fowey.... Continue Reading
I shall hope to be able by a Store Ship that will sail for Virginia in a few days to write you fully upon the state of the Province under your Government and upon the variety of matters contained in your late Dispatches Nos 29, 30, 31 & 32.
In the mean time I take the chance of a Conveyance to you by the Carolina Packet, to acquaint you, that in consequence of the Advices received from all... Continue Reading
Vice Admiral [Samuel] Graves was directed in pursuance of the Kings pleasure signified by the Earl of Dartmouth in his Letter of the 1st to carry on such Operations upon the Coasts of the four New England Governments as he should judge most effectual for supressing, in conjunction with His Majesty's Land Forces, the Rebellion which is openly avow'd and supported in those... Continue Reading
The King having received Advices that not only the Four New England Governments are in open & actual Rebellion & that the People have been daring enough, amongst other Acts of Hostility, to make Seizures of several Vessels and to send the Crews to Prison, but also that the Flame has extended itself to most of the other Colonies, in which the greatest Violences have been... Continue Reading
Soon after I had dispatched to you by the Viper instead of the Raven Sloop, my Letter of the 24h. ultimo, I received by Lieutenant Merrick and immediately communicated to my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty your Letters of the 13th, 14th, 15th, 18th, 19th & 25th of May, giving an Account of the Rebellious Behaviour of His Majesty's American Subjects in several of the Colonies and of your... Continue Reading
The news from America is not very good. You will find the detailed description of a military action, which is not very important in itself, but which shows the capabilities of the rebels. The Ministry insisted yesterday that it had not been informed of that action; I had it confirmed by the supporters of the Americans and the facts are true. I will do my best to arrange for some connections among... Continue Reading