George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Captain William Palfrey, 3 December 1775

From Captain William Palfrey

Salem [Mass.] 3d Decr 1775


I wrote this Morning to acquaint you of the Capture of the Ship from Glasgow,1 since which we have been busily employ’d in getting her Cargo into small Craft, in order to get her off the Ground where she stuck in coming in, & hope to be able to hawl her to the Wharf to-morrow morning—This afternoon I have been procuring a number of Horses to carry the Baggage Waggons & Gun Carriages to Cambridge, & intend to begin upon that Business to-morrow Morning.2 Your Excellcy may be assur’d I shall lose no time in sending forward the Stores as fast as possible. I hope General Lee will not be uneasy at my long stay. The Agents have so much on their hands that is impossible for them to go through the Business without some assistance & I beg Sir you would be so obliging as to mention the matter to Genl Lee & let me know his mind.

Capn Bartlett requests the favor of your Excy to send him a supply of Cash, about 5 or 600£ to be accounted for by him as he has all the Waggons & other Charges to pay & has expended upwards of two hundred Pounds of his own Mony. you’ll please to send him this by the earliest opportunity.

As the Minute Companies of this & the Neighbouring Towns, are on duty at Cape Ann I have applied to the Commanding Officer of the Independent Company here who has been so kind as to let me have a file of men to escort the Prisoners to Cambridge & they will sett off in the morning.

ADf, MH: Palfrey Family Papers.

1Letter not found. For the capture of the Concord, see Jonathan Glover to GW, this date. On 4 Dec. Robert Hanson Harrison wrote to Palfrey (DLC:GW) giving him orders regarding the Concord similar to the one in Stephen Moylan to Jonathan Glover and William Bartlett that date (ibid., quoted in Glover to GW, 3 Dec. 1775, n.1.).

2Palfrey was overseeing the transportation of the cannon and ordnance supplies found on board the brig Nancy. GW, Harrison informed Palfrey on 4 Dec., “is much Obligd to the people who have Afforded their Assistance in securg this valuable Prize & for the Alertness the’ve discov[ered] & zeal for the service of their Country—You will be pleased to spare the Committee a few of the Cannon shot taking a Receipt for the same & mentioning the sort, that they may be repaid when they get theirs—As to the Cannon his Excellency is exceedingly sorry, that the want of them here is so great, that he cannot spare them or he willingly would. . . .P.S. The Committee may keep the 2. 4 pound[ers] you spared them till called for, Take their Receipt” (DLC:GW).

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