To John Hancock
Cambridge 16th December 1775
the information Containd in the above1 comeing So Many different ways, Corroborated by Severall vessells haveing Salid this day from Boston, I thought it my duty to transmit it to you, tho Halifax is the place given out for their destination, it is possible they may be bound else where, I Shall communicate this inteligence to Governors Cooke & Trumbull, & to the Convention of Newyork for their government.2 I remain Sir Your Most Ob. H. St
LS, in Stephen Moylan’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; LB, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC item 169; copy, NjMoHP; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Congress read this letter on 26 Dec. (JCC, description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends 3:457).
1. One part of the enclosed intelligence consists of a synopsis of Richard Dodge’s letter to GW of this date plus the sentence from Dodge’s enclosure concerning the sailing of troops to Halifax. The other part contains intelligence of this date from Dorchester: “Salid out of Boston harbour this morning eight Large & Two Small vessells, taken to be tenders, by their Fireing appeared to be goeing a voige out to Sea. Mr Joshua Pico came Last night from Boston, he Confirms the information that the Regiment of Foot & Some Companys of Light horse, were prepareing to embark for Halifax” (DNA:PCC, item 152).