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carriages they possibly can, and to send them up without the least loss of time. They will be paid at the rate of three pounds ten shillings per trip; or if employed at any intermediate post between this and Albany, they will have at the same rate, according to the distance; and for such as live above eight miles below Albany, an allowance at the rate of ten shillings for every thirty miles will be made for coming to Albany. I wish them to come provided with forage for at least ten or twelve days; and as three hundred thousand dollars have left New-York the beginning of this week, I promise that none of them shall return home unpaid, and that I will give orders for paying all arrears for past services.
I am, gentlemen, with every sentiment that arises from respect and esteem, your most obedient, humble servant,
To the Sub-Committee of the City and County of Albany.
P. S. Whatever expenses the District Committee may be at in procuring the carriages, I will most cheerfully repay.
GENERAL WARD TO GENERAL WASHINGTON.
Boston, May 4, 1776.
SIR: Your letter of the 29th of April has just come to hand. Agreeable to your desire, I shall give an account of what has been done towards fortifying the harbour. The Forts on Fort Hill in Boston, Charlestown Point, and Castle Point, are almost completed, with a number of heavy cannon mounted in each. A work is in good forwardness on Noddles Island; and a detachment of the Army is at work; at Castle Island, repairing the batteries there. A number of hulks are preparing to sink in the channel.
I have employed the troops here to the greatest advantage in my power; have ordered all the men not on actual duty to turn out on fatigue every day, not allowing any superfluous cooks or waiters; and upon receiving intelligence of a British fleet being on its passage this way, I directed all the officers to turn out with their men upon the works, which they cheerfully complied with, and are constantly upon fatigue with their men. I have set every wheel in motion which I could move to advantage, and shall neglect nothing in my power in order to give the enemy a proper reception if they should pay us a visit.
I have enclosed a return of this division of the Army.
I am to inform your Excellency that I have just received a letter from the President of the Congress, by which I am informed the Congress has accepted my resignation. The sooner I am relieved the more agreeable it will be to me, as my health has declined much this spring.
I am, your Excellencys obedient, humble servant,
To General Washington.
A Return of the Division of the Continental Army, commanded by Major-General WARD, stationed at BOSTON, CHARLESTOWN, DORCHESTER, and BEVERLEY; BOSTON, May 4, 1776.
PELEG WADSWORTH, Major-Brigade.
Return of Capt. EDWARD BURBECKS Company, in Colonel KNOXS Regiment of Artillery, BOSTON, May 3, 1776.
PELEG WADSWORTH, Major-Brigade.
By Major-General CLINTON, Commander of his Majestys Forces in the Southern Provinces of NORTH-AMERICA.
Whereas a most unprovoked and wicked Rebellion hath for some time past prevailed, and doth now exist, within his Majestys Province of North-Carolina; and the inhabitants, (forgetting their allegiance to their Sovereign, and denying the authority of the Laws and Statutes of the Realm,) have, in a succession of crimes, proceeded to the total subversion of all lawful authority, usurping the powers of Government, and erecting a tyranny in the hands of Congresses and Committees of various denominations, utterly unknown and repugnant to the spirit of the British Constitution; and divers people, in avowed defiance to all legal authority, are now actually in arms, waging unnatural war against their King; and whereas all attempts to reclaim the infatuated and misguided multitude to a sense of their error, have unhappily proved ineffectual: I have it in command to proceed forthwith against all such men, or bodies of men in arms, and against all such Congresses and Committees, thus unlawfully established, as against open enemies to the State.