George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Nicholas Cooke, 13 October 1775

To Nicholas Cooke

[Cambridge, 13 October 1775]


I am favour’d with yours of the 10th & am Sorry it has so happened that the proposed Scheme of Intercepting the Enemy’s Ordnance Stores cannot have your Assistance. The Experience your Officers & Men have had by an earlier Attention to Sea Service would have made them very acceptable on the proposed Enterprize.

The Fleet which sailed out of Boston a few Days ago & of which I apprized you the 6th Inst. has been seen standing N.N.E. From which we suppose they are destined against some Town of this Province or New Hampshire—or possibly to Quebec.1

We have no Occurrence of any Consequence in the Camp since I had the Pleasure of writing you last.

I find the Delegates did not expect to leave Phila. ’till the 6th Inst. so that their Arrival here will be later than at first proposed—I expect the Pleasure of seeing you Shortly2 & am with much Regard & Esteem yours &c.

LB, in Thomas Mifflin’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The dateline is taken from Fitzpatrick, Writings description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed. The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745–1799. 39 vols. Washington, D.C., 1931–44. description ends , 4:29–30.

1GW is apparently referring to his letter to Cooke of 5 October. See particularly note 1 to that letter. The enemy squadron attacked Falmouth in the District of Maine on 18 October.

2The delegates appointed to confer with GW and representatives of the New England governments reached Cambridge on 15 Oct., and the conference began three days later. See Proceedings of the Committee of Conference, 18–24 Oct. 1775, Document II, Minutes of the Conference

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