From Lieutenant Colonel Loammi Baldwin
Chelsea [Mass.] Augst 17. 1775
May it Please your Excellency
The Men of wars men I mentioned in my letter of Last Night have come to Noddles Island again and are now throwing up a Small Brest work almost against the Ferry ways[.] Shoul be glad to anoy them if Possable But have not the Materials.1
Inclosd are the Observations.2 I am your Excellencys most obediant Humbe Servnt
Loammi Baldwin Leut. Coln.
I must Inform your Excellency I am Very unwell Scercly able to Set up.
1. Baldwin is referring to Winnisimmet ferry. Men from Baldwin’s regiment destroyed the breastwork at Noddles Island on 21 Aug. (Richard Dodge to GW, that date).
2. “A Return of the observations of the Day august 17” in Joseph Leach’s writing is in DLC:GW.