From Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Tupper
Sloop Hestor July the 27th A.D. 1776
The Sloop is hove down & Cleaning & hope to be ready to take my Station this Night I shall not loose a minutes time but shall affect it if Possible, all Guards have been kept as Usual & nothing Extrodnary has been Discoverd, I have been Some Uneasy respecting Capn Burr’s Station and Humbly Conceive he might be Stationd lower down than he is which would be more advantagious in preventing an Intercourse between the Tories and the Enemy, He also is of the Same Opinion, but as General Putnam and General Alaxander1 had given him Instructions it put it out of my power to do it. I only want one word to know whether Your Excellency for the future will Consider him as being under my Inspection. I am with great respect Your Excellencys most Obedent Humble Servt
Benj: Tupper Lt Col:
ALS, DLC:GW. A note at the end of the letter reads “by Capn Burr.”
1. Tupper is referring to William Alexander who usually was called Lord Stirling.