George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the New York Committee of Safety, 5 October 1775

To the New York Committee of Safety

⟨Camp at Cambridge Octo. 5th 1775⟩


By an intellig⟨ent Person from⟩ Boston1 the 3d Instt, I am informed ⟨that a Fleet⟩ consisting of one 64 one 20 Gun ⟨Ships. 2 Sloops⟩ of 18 Guns: Two Transports with 60⟨0 Men were⟩ to sail from Boston as yesterday; t⟨heir Destination⟩ a profound Secret. That they took on ⟨board⟩ 2 Mortars, & 4 Howitzers with other Arti⟨llery calcu⟩lated for the Bombardment of a Town. ⟨I have⟩ thought it proper to apprize every ⟨Considerable⟩ Town on the Coast of this Armament tha⟨t they⟩ may be upon their Guard—Should I rece⟨ive⟩ any farther Account of their Destination it s⟨hall⟩ be forwarded.2

The same Person also informs that an Express Sloop arrived 4 Days before, from Eng⟨land⟩ at Boston, which she left the 8th August. G⟨enl⟩ Gage, & most of the Officers who were at Lex⟨ington⟩ are recalled, & sail this Day. General Ho⟨we⟩ succeeds to the Command—Six Ships of ⟨the Line⟩ & 2 Cutters under Sr Peter Dennis a⟨re coming out. Five Regiments & 1000 Marines may be expected at Boston in 3 or 4 Weeks. No Prospect of Accommoda⟩tion but on the other Hand ⟨every Appear⟩ance of the War being push’d with ⟨the utmos⟩t Vigour. I am Gentlemen very respectfully Your most Obedt & very Hbble Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Joseph Reed’s writing, N: New York Provincial Congress, Revolutionary Papers; LB, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Although the LS is addressed to the “Provincial Congress of Newyork,” GW informed Nathaniel Woodhull on 13 Oct. that he sent this letter to “the Committee of New York.” The letter-book copy is addressed “to Isaac Low Esqr. Chairman of the Comme New York.” The New York State Library fire of 1911 damaged portions of the LS. Mutilated words and parts of words are supplied within angle brackets from the letter-book copy.

2This squadron attacked Falmouth in the District of Maine on 18 October. See GW to Hancock and GW to Nathaniel Woodhull, both 24 Oct. 1775.

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