George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General William Howe, 22 August 1775

From Major General William Howe

Charles:town Camp [Mass.] August 22d 1775


The Men under your command having repeatedly fired upon the Officers of His Majesty’s Troops before they were returned to the out:works of this Camp from Parlies that have been brought on by your desire; I am to request all farther intercourse between the two Camps may be at an end; your own letters excepted, which will be received if you are pleased to send them by a Drummer. I am Sir Yr Most Obt Sert

W. Howe

ALS, DLC:GW. This letter is addressed “George Washington Esqr. Cambridge.”

William Howe (1729–1814), who served as commander in chief of the British forces in North America from 10 Oct. 1775 to late May 1778, arrived at Boston on 25 May 1775 to assist Gen. Gage, and on 17 June he commanded the detachment which drove the Americans from Breed’s and Bunker hills. After the battle Gage put Howe in charge of the British lines around Bunker Hill, and Howe established his headquarters at Charlestown.

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