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At a meeting of the Committee of Inspection for the Town of Stamford, on the 3d day of April, 1776:

Munson Jarvis and David Picket being cited before the Committee for signing a seditious paper, the import of which was that they would assist the King and his vile minions in their wicked, oppressive schemes to enslave the American Colonies; and tending to discourage any military preparations to repel the hostile measures of a corrupt Administration; and likewise tending to dissuade persons from observing or regarding the resolves of the honourable Continental Congress,—they appeared, and acknowledged they had signed the paper above referred to, and were voted guilty of the crime alleged against them by the Committee.

Mr. Jarvis exhibited a confession, declaring himself sorry for what he had done, and promised “to adhere and abide by all the recommendations and resolves of the honourable Continental Congress, so far as he was not hindered by a religious tie of conscience.”

Mr. Picket likewise offered a confession, professing himself sorry for his mistake, desiring it might be overlooked, and promised “to conduct himself agreeable to the good and wholesome laws and rules that are in being now in the Colonies, which are or may be for the good of his country.”

Upon being asked what they meant by the reserve of “a religious tie of conscience,” and the “laws and rules that are in being now in the Colonies, which are or may be for the good of the country,” they declared that they could not join with the country in pursuing the measures adopted by the Congress in defence of the just rights and privileges of the United Colonies; which, taken in conjunction with their written confession, and what they further offered upon the occasion, was deemed an insufficient satisfaction for their offence.

It was therefore voted by the Committee, that they should be advertised as enemies to their country; and we hereby recommend it to all persons to break off all commerce and dealing with them, and to treat them agreeable to the resolve of the Congress for those who are declared enemies to their country.

A true copy from the Minutes. Attest:

JOHN HAIGHT, JUN., Committee Clerk.


Cambridge, April 3, 1776.

DEAR SIR: I this day received your favour of the 27th ultimo, with a letter from General Arnold.

The enemy have quitted this harbour last week. We have no certain account of their destination. It is generally thought they have gone to Halifax. If this should prove true, it is probable they will attempt to penetrate into Canada when the communication by the river St. Lawrence is open.

By a late letter I received from Congress, I have it in command from them to detach four Battalions into Canada, as soon as I shall be of opinion that the safety of New-York and the eastern “service will permit; of which I cannot be a proper judge until I have a certain account of the place where the enemy are retreated to.

I have despatched two Companies of Artillery, two thirteen-inch mortars, and military stores, (a list of which you have enclosed,) to the Army before Quebeck, in the last week; and if I can spare the four Battalions, or more, they will go from New-York, to which place the greater part of the troops are gone from hence. I shall set out to-morrow, and will be very happy to see you there after my arrival, if you can be spared from your present station, which I am sensible is a very important one.

I have no hopes of procuring the hard money I gave you expectation of. The possessors of it are not of late accustomed to a paper currency, and keep their gold and silver close.

Captain Lamb is appointed Second Major in the Regiment of Artillery commanded by Colonel Henry Knox. This promotion I thought due to his merit and bravery.

I am, with great esteem, dear sir, yours, &c.


To Major-General Schuyler.


Head-Quarters, Cambridge, April 3, 1776.

SIR: Your favour of the 27th February is come to hand, I much fear you will be much disappointed in the number of troops you expected in that month, as the lakes were impassable.

Major-General Thomas will, long before you receive this, have informed you of the success of our operations here, The enemy quitted this harbour last week. We have no certain accounts of their destination. It is generally believed they are gone to Halifax. If true, it is probable they will attempt to penetrate Canada on the opening of the St. Lawrence. I hope, before that happens, you will be in full possession of Quebeck, and have its avenues well secured, upon which depends the fate of this campaign in those parts.

I have despatched two companies of Colonel Knox’s Regiment of Artillery to you, from hence, and two mortars, &c., as you will see at foot hereof. If anything else is wanting that cannot be had in Canada, and in my power to send, they shall be forwarded with all possible expedition, upon my being informed thereof.

The chief part of the troops are marched from hence towards New-York. I will set off to-morrow. If the enemy will not find us full employment, and it is necessary, you may expect a detachment from thence to your assistance.

I am very sorry that the gentlemen of New-York, and other officers, should think themselves neglected in the new arrangement. It is true that I reserved places in this Army for those officers who went from hence under your command. The Congress have since informed me that they would be provided for in the Army raised for Canada. I was not acquainted with the gentlemen who complain, nor with their circumstances. There is little doubt but their merits will be rewarded in due time.

I am very sensible of the many difficulties you have had to encounter. Your conduct under them does you great honour. As General Thomas will take the burden off your shoulders, I hope you will soon gather strength sufficient to assist in finishing the important work you have, with so much glory to yourself and service to your country, hitherto conducted.

As I am informed that there is a furnace somewhere near you, where shells and shot of any size can be cast, I would recommend to General Thomas to have what quantity of each that may be wanting, immediately prepared. The roads are so very bad that it is impossible to send you any great number of these necessary articles from hence.

I have appointed Captain Lamb, who is a prisoner in Quebeck, to be Second Major in the Regiment of Artillery, commanded by Colonel Henry Knox.

The gentlemen of this family return you their compliments; and I remain yours,


To General Arnold.

P. S. My best wishes and compliments attend General Thomas.


General Ward will comply with any requisitions of the General Court or Council, respecting the troops, if not incompatible with any order received from me, or which may be sent him from Congress.

The stores of every kind, provisions and military, are to be drawn together and sufficiently guarded. Those at Beverley, with the vessels, are also to be protected.

If it should be found more convenient to have the Regiments quartered in the barracks at Roxbury, and it should be agreeable to the General Court or Council, I shall have no objection to it. Some men should be kept upon Bunker’s Hill, and should be employed in levelling the lower lines of that work next to Prospect or Winter Hill.

All the troops are to be employed in completing such works as are already begun, and such as may be resolved

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