Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To THE COMMITTEE OF PORTSMOUTH,
NEW HAMPSHIRE October 5, 1775.

    Gentn: I am to acknowledge the Receipt of your favor of the 2d Inst.; informing me that the Ship Prince George Capt.


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Emms, from Bristol to Boston, with Flour for the Enemy, by a mistake of her Captain and the Spirited Conduct of some of the Inhabitants was now in your Possession.

    I cannot but consider this as a most Providential Event, the State of this Army being alone defective in that Article, it would therefore highly Conduce to the Public Interest and to our relief, to forward it hither as soon as possible, which I apprehend may be done with Safety and ease by Water as far as Salem or Marblehead; in the mean time I will communicate the Matter to the Continental Congress for their Direction: as to the Compensation to be made the Captors and the determination of what Property arises by the Capture, and in whom Vested.

    What ever Expenses may accrue in Complying with the above Request and whatever risque may be run by the Carriage by Water I will engage; but as I do not learn there are any of the Enemy's Ships on the Coast, I hope the Risque is very small. I am &c.