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Five barrels of Molasses.

A Sloop, about 50 tons, two-thirds full of Molasses.

At Mr. Lovell’s—General Gage’s Coach, a Phaeton, and Harness, complete.

20 Iron Pots and Kettles.

Joy’s Yard—a parcel of Lumber, Tools, and Joists.

Hill’s Bakehouse—20 barrels of Flour.

North and South Mills—10,000 bushels of Wheat and Flour, not bolted; 1,500 bushels of Bran.

King’s Brewery—13 empty iron-bound Butts; 14 hogsheads of Spruce Beer; two iron-tierced Trucks.

Town Granary—1,000 bushels of Beans; 100 bushels of Horse Beans.

Vincent’s Stable—10 tons of Hay.

Love’s Lumber Yard—50,000 Shingles; 35,000 feet of Boards; 1,000 Clapboards; 20 Handbarrows.

Henderson Inche’s Store, near Beacon-Hill—about six tons of Hay.

Stable at the Rope Walks—about 10 tons of Hay; 110 Horses.

By return this day:

JOHN G. FRAZER, D. Q. M. General.

Boston, March 20, 1776.

Provision Return.

Light Dragoons,258
Royal Artillery,434
First Battalion Marines,315
Second ditto,304
Light Infantry,650


The General and Regimental Hospitals not included in the above Return, amounting to between five and six hundred men.

Camp at Roxbury, March 22, 1776.

SIR: I am now to inform your Excellency that I am in such an ill state of health, that I do not think myself capable of doing the duty which ought to be done by me through the ensuing campaign, in the station I am now in. And to eat the Continental bread, and not do the duty, is what I am much averse to. Therefore, I must beg leave to resign my command, and to withdraw from the Army after the expiration of this month.

I am your Excellency’s most obedient, humble servant,


To His Excellency General Washington.

Camp in Cambridge, March 18, 1776.

SIR: The Ministerial Troops having (yesterday) taken their departure from Boston, will, I presume, occasion the removal of the Continental Army to some distant part of the Continent. And as I find myself in such an infirm state of health as renders me unable to bear the fatigue of such march as that manœuvre will require, I cannot think it laudable to continue in the Army and pay of the Continent, without being able to merit the pay by my service; therefore take leave to desire I may resign the command in the Army I have been honoured with. And as I am at present unable to travel, and being one hundred and forty miles from my family, I take leave, also, to request that my resignation may take place the 11th day of April next.

I am your Excellency’s most obedient humble servant,


To His Excellency General Washington.


Head-Quarters, Cambridge, March 20, 1776.

(Parole, Dorchester.) (Countersign, Salem.)

Whitcomb’s, Phinney’s, and Huchinson’s Regiments, are to march into Boston this day, and remain there until further orders. They are to guard the town and publick stores there, and do all such fatigue, and other duties, as the General commanding there thinks proper to order. Every possible precaution will be taken to destroy the infection of the small-pox.

The troops now in Boston are to march out, and join their respective regiments, upon being relieved by the regiments that are to march in.

The posts on Bunker’s Hill, Breed’s Hill, and Charlestown-Ferry, are to be garrisoned by Colonel Waldron’s Regiment, who is to take especial care that the abattis, picketing, &c., are preserved entire.

The Quartermaster-General is to see that fire-wood or coal is immediately laid in for the supply of those posts.

The Commissary-General has orders immediately to lay in a proper supply of provisions for the garrisons of Boston, Bunker’s Hill, and Dorchester Heights.

Head-Quarters, Cambridge, March 21, 1776.

(Parole, New-York.)(Countersign, Halifax.)

Learned’s and Cary’s Regiments are to march this afternoon, and relieve the troops upon Dorchester-Heights, and those regiments are to remain in garrison until further orders. The Deputy Quartermaster-General will provide carriages from Roxbury, and provisions are ordered by the Commissary-General to be stored upon the Heights.

The details for the Roxbury and Cambridge Departments, will be delivered to the Majors of Brigade with this day’s orders.

Head-Quarters, Cambridge, March 22, 1776.

(Parole, Grafton.(Countersign, . . . . . . .)

The Colonel of Artillery, Quartermaster-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 finished and signed, delivered by the proper officer of each Department to the Commander-in-Chief.

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 Jail.

The Majors of Brigade to order the Adjutants to be punctual in delivering their Weekly Returns at orderly time to-morrow.

Head-Quarters, Cambridge, March 23, 1776.

(Parole, Cape. Fear)(Countersign, Moore.)

Colonel James Read’s, Nixon’s, Poor’s, Prescott’s, Arnold’s, and Baldwin’s Regiments, are the first to march under Brigadier-General Sullivan. They are to be ready at a moment’s warning. The General flatters himself that the commanding officer of each of these and the other corps will exert themselves (as they are going to join the troops of other Colonies) in sprucing up their men, that they may look as soldier-like and reputable as possible. This, and a proper attention to the good and orderly behaviour of the men, and the proper care of their arms, ammunition, and accoutrements, are qualifications essentially necessary to every commanding officer; therefore, for their own honour and the honour of the New-England Colonies, it is hoped they will diligently exert themselves at this time.

Two Companies of Artillery, with such light brass ordnance and stores as the commanding officer of the Artillery shall direct, are to march with General Sullivan.

Colonel Gridley is to apply to General Ward for such men as are necessary for the demolition of the lines on Boston Neck, who is to see the work executed as fast as possible; the pickets and other useful materials to be preserved and placed, so as to be ready when called for, under the care of sentries. Such parts of these works as may be of service for our defence are to be preserved.

Colonel Knox will immediately lay out a battery upon Charlestown Point, to be executed under the direction of Lieutenant-Colonel Mason, of the Artillery. A Field-Officer, with all the men off duty of Colonel Robinson’s Regiment, to march at sunrise, to-morrow morning, to Charlestown Point, as a working party.

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