Head Quarters, Cambridge, March 22nd 1776.
The Colonel of Artillery, Quarter Master General, Commissary General and Commissary of Ordnance stores, to make out exact Returns of all military Stores, Provisions &c. &c. now in Boston, Cambridge, Roxbury, Dorchester Heights, and Forts &c. adjacent—This must be done in the correctest manner, and when finish’d and sign’d, delivered by the proper Officer of each department, to the Commander in Chief.2
The Provost Marshal is forthwith to remove with his prisoners, to Boston—The prisoners of war, and John Stevens, are by his Excellency’s order, to be put into Boston goal.3
The Majors of Brigade, to order the Adjutants to be punctual in delivering their weekly returns at orderly time to morrow.
Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. Artemas Ward’s orderly book gives the countersign for this date as “Hancock” (MHi).
2. See Inventory of British Stores Left in Boston, 20 Mar., an enclosure to GW to Hancock, 24 Mar. 1776, and Return of British Ordnance Stores Left in Boston, 22 Mar., printed as an enclosure to GW to Hancock, 27 Mar. 1776.
3. John Stevens, a Loyalist from Charlestown, Mass., later settled at St. John, New Brunswick. He is not to be confused with John Stevens (1748–1792) of Concord, Mass., who was arrested in May 1777 for selling boycotted goods and was subsequently released by order of the General Court. See Sibley and Shipton, Harvard Graduates description begins J. L. Sibley et al. Sibley’s Harvard Graduates: Biographical Sketches of Those Who Attended Harvard College. 18 vols. to date. Boston, 1873—. description ends , 16:426–27.