From Major General William Howe
Boston 2d February 1776
In Answer to your Letter of the 30th Ulto which was delivered with the Seal broken,1 I am to acquaint you, that having lately discovered a prohibited Correspondence to be carried on by Mr James Lovell, the Liberty, which I fully intended to have given him, cannot take Place. I am, Sir, your most humble Servant
LS, DLC:GW; copy, enclosed in GW to Hancock, 9 Feb. 1776 (third letter), DNA:PCC, item 152; two copies, P.R.O., 30/55, Carleton Papers; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169.
1. The copies in P.R.O. read “which was delivered by your Officer with the Seal broken.”