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2. A Brigantine loaded with Salt, one hundred and twenty tons, owned by Major Peddrick, of Marblehead; at Tileston’s Wharf, scuttled.

3. A Brigantine loaded with Salt, one hundred and forty tons, owned by Robert Hooper, Esq., of Marblehead; at Tileston’s Wharf.

4. A Brigantine from Jamaica, belonging to Providence; no cargo on board; one hundred and twenty tons; at Tileston’s Wharf.

5. A Brigantine loaded with Lumber, one hundred and forty-five tons, Captain Pike master; masts cut away.

6. A small Fishing-Boat, ten tons, owned by Moses Pitcher; at Gardner’s Wharf.

7. A Brigantine loaded with Lumber, but taken out by the enemy, one hundred and fifty tons; at Route’s Wharf owned at Portsmouth.

8. A Schooner, forty-five tons, formerly belonging to Pickering, sold at vendue, and purchased by John Rowe, Esq.; at Rowe’s Wharf.

9. A Sloop, seventy-five tons, belonging to this Province, taken by a man-of-war; at Hall’s Wharf.

10. A Schooner, Sophia, owned by Thomas Bishop, Esq., Commander of the Lively, forty tons; at Hall’s Wharf

11. A Schooner, thirty tons, owned by Mr. Shimmear, Commissary-General of the King’s Forces; at Peck’s Wharf

12. A Sloop belonging to Rhode-Island, loaded with condemned Stores of the King’s ships, masts cut away, and she scuttled; at Peck’s Wharf.

13. A Schooner, thirty-five tons; at Peck’s Wharf

14 A Sloop, formerly belonging to Rhode-Island, taken with Wood, seventy-five tons; at Hallowell’s Ship- Yard.

15 A Brigantine, one hundred tons, Jewet master, belonging to Newbury; at Hallwell’s Ship-Yard.

16. A Fishing-Boat, owned by Mandamus Councellors; in Oliver’s Dock.

17. A Boat, ten tons, from Rhode-Island, owned by Homans, a tailor; at Oliver’s Dock.

18 A Schooner, owned by Mr. Williams, of Boston, one hundred and ten tons; at Oliver’s Dock.

19 A Schooner, cut out of Stonington Harbour, loaded with Sugar, Molasses, &c., sixty tons; at Phillips’s Wharf, masts cut away.

20 A Sloop, seventy-five tons, belonging to Nantucket, now the property of N. Ray Thomas; at Phillips’s Wharf.

21. A Schooner, ninety tons, owned by Samuel White, of Marblehead; at Phillips’s Wharf.

22. A Schooner, twenty tons, owned by William Perry; at the Long Wharf.

23 A Schooner, seventy tons, with some Salt on board, owned by Major Peddrick, of Marblehead; at Minot’s Wharf.

24 A Brigantine, belonging to Marblehead, one hundred and forty tons; at the Long Wharf

25. A Sloop, belonging to the eastward, ninety tons; at the Long Wharf.

26. A Brigantine, loaded with Oil, owned by Colonel Hancock, ninety tons.

27. A Schooner, ninety tons, owned by Captain Cobb; at Treat’s Wharf.

28. A Schooner, fifty-five tons, owned by Conner, a butcher; in Town Dock.

29. A Schooner, loaded with Salt, owned by Captain White, of Salem; at Phillips’s Wharf.

30. A Schooner, ninety-five tons, owned by Webb; at his Wharf; masts cut away.

31. A Schooner, at Noble’s Wharf, forty-five tons, owned by John White, of Boston; masts cut away.

32. A Ship, three hundred tons, owned at the Grenards, bound to Portsmouth, loaded with Rum, Sugar, and Molasses; had sixteen Guns in her hold; brought in here by a man-of-war.

33. A new Ship belonging to the Honourable John Hancock, Esq.; at his Wharf; roasts cut away, and otherwise much damaged.

34. A Schooner, called The Hope, one of the King’s Armed Tenders, sold by the Admiral to one Breed, of London; at Hancock’s Wharf.

35. A Schooner at Hutchinson’s Wharf, seventy tons, owned by Captain Vernon.

36, 37. Two small Sloops, belonging to the King, employed as Tenders—one formerly taken at Philadelphia, the other from Rhode-Island; at Clark’s Ship-Yard.

38. A Ship, three hundred tons, owned by Captain Vernon; masts cut away.

39. A Brig, one hundred and ten tons, owned by Captain Vernon; masts cut away.

40. A Sloop, seventy tons, owned by Captain Vernon; masts cut away.

41. A Schooner belonging to Enoch Tiley, of Casco-Bay, and others, one hundred and ten tons; at Vernon’s Wharf; no masts.

42. A Schooner owned by Captain Dodge, of Salem, sixty tons; at New-Boston.

43. One Sloop drifted on Dorchester-Flats; names of owners not known.

44 A Sloop, drifted on Dorchester-Flats; names of the owners not known.

45 A Schooner, drifted to Chelsea, loaded with Oil, belonging to Benjamin Jepson.

Assistant Quartermaster-General.

Boston, April 14, 1776.


[Enclosed in General Washington’s Letter to Congress, dated March 27, 1776.]

Cumberland, Nova-Scotia, February 8, 1776.

SIR: You may reasonably imagine that it is presumptuous in me to take such liberty in Writing to your Excellency; still, its going from one whose principles are actuated from the genuine feelings of liberty, and an indelible anxiety for the happiness of his country, animates an assurance that it will meet rather with a feeling of sympathy than censure; more particularly as it is addressed to you, sir, who is at the head of that Army which is opposing the mandates of a corrupt and despotick Ministry, whose views and intent can be founded upon no other principles than to bring the subjects of Britain to as abject slavery as the subjects of the most arbitrary Eastern monarchy. Sensible I am of the importance of this proceeding, my inability of performing anything in this great struggle, and the danger I expose myself and family to in being treated with that accumulated vengeance used by such men, who are actuated by publick, as well as private prejudices; still, my fear and dread is yet more when I consider the state of my country, that, by lying passive, I expose myself and posterity to be bound in chains of slavery and wretchedness, and not only that, but have that infamous epithet entailed upon them, of being like those sluggish and slothful wretches, as represented of the tribe of Issachar. You will, therefore, pardon this impudence of mine.

The great contest between Britain and America has hitherto been only treated with speculation amongst us. A spirit of sympathy, I presume, for our brethren on the Continent, reigns in the breasts of the generality of the inhabitants. With gladness and cheerfulness would we be active in the glorious struggle, had our situation and circumstances been any way such that there was the least glimpse of success; but our remoteness from the other Colonies, and our form of Government, joined with the indigent circumstances of the inhabitants, render it in a manner impossible, without succour from some other quarter.

Time not permitting, and my mind impressed with accumulated troubles for our situation, nor is it necessary, for the present intention, to give a detail of the different proceedings and managements of Government; so much will suffice, to give your Excellency an idea of the rise of our impending calamity, if Providence does not stir up some means to prevent it.

The generality of the Province, as I before mentioned, sympathize with the Colonies. The least encouragement or opportunity would have excited the people to join in the defence of the liberty of America, always rejoicing when they heard any flying report that an invasion was intended. A necessity there was that the rulers in Government should use every means and method to prevent giving uneasiness to the people, if they had a mind to preserve peace. Yet, not-withstanding, the men at the head of the Government, with their emissaries, following the example of their patrons, the

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