George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Nicholas Cooke, 31 March 1776

From Nicholas Cooke

Providence March 31st 1776 5 oClock P.M.


I am to inform your Excellency that I have this Moment an Express from Newport informing me that a Ship of War hath arrived in the Harbor of Newport, and that Twenty seven Ships undoubtedly having the ministerial Troops on Board are within Seconet Point.1 Upon this most alarming Occasion when we have not more than 400 Soldiers upon Rhode Island, and not above 700 or 800 more in the whole Colony besides the Militia not more than Half armed I must use the most pressing Instances with your Excellency to forward sufficient Succours to the Colony with all possible Dispatch. I am about issuing the necessary Orders for calling the whole Militia together and taking other proper Measures. I am Your Excey’s Most obedt Servt

Nichs Cooke

LS, DLC:GW; copy, enclosed in GW to Hancock, 1 April 1776 (first letter), DNA:PCC, item 152; copy (photocopy), DNA: RG 93, Photocopies of State Records; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169.

1This report proved to be an erroneous one. See Cooke to GW, 1 April 1776. Sakonnet Point is about five miles east of Newport.

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