To Nicholas Cooke
Cambridge Novr 18. 1775
Your favor of the 13 Inst. by Mr Phillips I received;1 In answer thereto you will be pleased to Order the Officers and men that have been stationed at Block Island, to march to this Camp; Reinforcements are wanting, & probably will be, when they are here, they will be Incorporated in the Continental army, if they Choose it; The many circumstances attending the new arrangement of which, had in some measure occasioned me to forget these men before—When an account of the Wages & Subsistence due them, is transmitted, I shall give necessary orders for their payment.
I congratulate you upon your appointment to the Government of the Colony & am much Obliged by the Assurances you give me of such Assistance as may be in your power. I am Sir with great esteem Yr H. Servt
LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, MH: Cooke Papers; LB, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. Peter Phillips (1731–1807) of North Kingstown was commissary for the Rhode Island troops and a member of the colony’s general assembly.