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at the instigation of their Priests, arose with a design to cut off our guards at Point-Levi. A party under Major Dubois attacked their advance guard, killed seven, wounded five, and took about fifty prisoners, twenty-five of which arrived here last evening. General Wooster arrived before Quebeck on Monday last. The battery opened at Point-Levi on Tuesday morning. One of Captain Lambs Company made his escape from Quebeck, and informs that the soldiers and prisoners are at an allowance of three ounces of pork per day. A Canadian, who brought letters from Carleton to the inhabitants, is made prisoner, and says (which he offers to swear to) that the inhabitants, as well as soldiers, have risen in a body and gone to Carleton, and that he promised, if he did not get assistance in fourteen days, to deliver up the town.
EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM A GENTLEMAN IN THE CON TINENTAL ARMY BEFORE QUEBECK, DATED APRIL 6, 1776.
Our battery at Point-Levi has been firing some days. The mortar-battery on the heights is not quite finished; and in two days we will have another battery at the Little River. We have had a prodigious quantity of snow this winter; the tops of fences just begin to appear, and I sup pose that in a few days the roads will be impassable. I shall continue as long as there is a probability of the towns being taken. We are discouraged at General Lees not corning; however, General Wooster has arrived. We ought to have at least ten thousand men more here, in case of troops arriving; otherwise, the Canadians who have assisted us will be ruined. This Province is the key of America.
INFORMATION FROM CANADA.
Pelton left Quebeck 6th of April.
A Canadian went into Quebeck about the 17th of March, at night; he came out with packets, supposed commissions and despatches, to Sinior, at Island Crane, to raise a party out of the guard at Point-Levi.
That sixty or seventy people joined their people; that seven were killed and four wounded; that thirty-eight prisoners were takentwenty-five brought to Montreal; that the river was not frozen over at Quebeck; that the Canadians are very hearty in our cause: that he does not know that they understand the controversy.
That they put their prisoners to a short allowance; that McLean wrote to Campbell that they had the same allowance as garrison.
One of Lambs men escapedwent into the bomb-proof in the yardjumped over the wall, and over the city wallsaid he had heard of Lamb, that he had lost left eye. Twenty-five hundred troops theresnow deep when he came away.
Met, 16th or 17th April, fourteen or fifteen boatsgot to St. Johns the large cannon (four thirty-twos, one twenty four, and one eighteen) taken at TiconderogaGeneral Thomas between Crown-Point and Ticonderoga men healthyone man a little wounded.
Fresh provisions and wood plentybattery at Point-Levi began to play 3d April (four twelve-poundersnow three) a bomb-battery on the Heights of Abraham snow seven feet deepMott wellHughes with himGano wellGoforth very fat at Three-Riversnot more than a company thereGoforth more respected and feared than any man thereheard at camp troops left Boston 3d April.
Canadians expect vessels from 4th to 10th May, this year 20th May; that General Schvyler is driving with great spirithas seen nothing like him.
Nicholson at Quebeck when he came awayArnold recruitingClinton well. Must stormthree hundred and fifty men allblockade. Carleton twelve or fourteen hundred.
Met General Thomas, 21st April, between Ticonderoga and Crown-Point. General Wooster paid his men in hard money at MontrealYorkers paid in paper, before Quebeckthat they are very cautious how any recommendations are given to New-York officersNicholson appointed Lieutenant-Colonel of the Canada Regiment.
To William Paulding, Esq., Chairman of the Committee of Safety, New-York.
ISRAEL DICKINSON TO MASSACHUSETTS COUNCIL.
Stockbridge, April 6, 1776.
HONOURABLE SIR: On the 4th instant Timothy Edwards, Esq., one of this Committee, received a letter from two respectable gentlemen in Lanesborough, members of their late Committee, requesting his advice upon important political matters, a copy of which we have obtained of him, and herewith send. Upon the recommendation of the Selectmen and Committee of this town, he went there yesterday to give his advice. On his return, about four oclock, P. M., in the road against the house of Colonel Jonathan Smith, five men attempted to stop him by violenceone laying hold of his coat, another his horses bridle. He disengaged him self from the latter by striking him a heavy blow with a loaded whip; from the other, by the speed of his horse. About forty rods forward, three others appeared also in the road, with an apparent design to stop him. One placed himself on one side with a club; another of them on the other side, who made a violent stroke at Mr. Edwards with a hoe, which fell upon his horses withers, at the same time calling Tory. Of enormities of this kind we think it our duty to give you the earliest notice.
We are your Honours most respectful, obedient, humble servants,
Committee of the Town of Stockbridge.
To the Honourable President of the Council of the Colony of the Massachusetts-Bay.
Tenth Article in the Warrant for the March Meeting in Pittsfield is, To see if the Town will direct their Committee what method to take to recover pay for handling persons that appeared to be inimical to their country, for time back and future.
On which Article the Town voted as follows, viz:
Voted, That if the said Committee shall apprehend any person or persons, and convene before them, whom they suspect to be inimical to their country, or to be guilty of any other misdemeanors, and, upon trial, are found innocent, in that case the said Committee have no pay for their time lost.
Voted, That if any complaint shall be brought before the said Committee by any person or persons, and if any complaint so brought be supported, then the offender be ordered by said Committee to pay all costs; and if the offender shall refuse to comply in paying the cost, then the offender shall be ordered to confinement in the common Jail, or elsewhere, until he comply and pay the costs, together with the commitment and charges thereof; and in case any complainant shall not support his complaint, said complainant shall be holden to pay the costs; and, upon his refusal, shall be committed as above-mentioned.
The foregoing is a true copy of the Tenth Article in the Warrant for the March Meeting in the Town of Pittsfield, for the year 1776, and of the Proceedings and Votes of the Town upon said Article.
March 28, 1776.