From the Marblehead Committee of Safety
Marblehead [Mass.] Augt 10th 1775
on the 8th Instant, Lambert Bromitt and Benjamin Silsby the Persons that accompany this Letter put in here from Boston, as they say on accot of the Weather, as they have been Conversing wth some of the Inhabitants of this place, we have Reason to Suspect they may carry some Inteligence wch might be determental to the cause of America, We have Examined them, & finding their Intention was to Return back, we have taken their Boat under our Care, and have sent them to Head Quarters, that there they may be treated as in your Wisdom shall be judged Necessary.1 We are Hond Sir wth the greatest Respect your most Obedt & huble Servts the Committee of Safety of sd Marblehead.
Edd Fettyplace Chairman2
LS, in Edward Fettyplace’s writing, M-Ar: Revolution Letters. Perez Morton wrote on the second page of the manuscript “August 15th 1775 In Council read & ordered that Mr Sever Mr J. Taylor & Captn White be a Comee to take this Letter into Consideration & report.”
1. The two men may be Lombard Brommett of Boston and Benjamin Silsbee (b. 1738) of Salem.
2. This is probably Edward Fettyplace (c.1721–1805) of Marblehead.