Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To THE PRESIDENT OF CONGRESS Camp Cambridge, October 24, 1775.

    Sir: My conjecture of the Destination of the late Squadron from Boston in my last, has been unhappily verified, by an outrage exceeding in Barbarity and cruelty every hostile Act practiced among civilized nations; I have inclosed the Account


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given me by Mr. Jones 49 a Gentleman of the Town of Falmouth of the Destruction of that flourishing Village. He is a very great sufferer and informs me that the Time allowed for the removal of Effects was so small, that valuable Property of all kinds and to a great amount has been destroyed.

[Note:Pearson Jones. His account of the destruction of Falmouth is in the Papers of the Continental Congress. Washington forwarded copies of it to Governors Cooke and Trumbull on October 24. Williamson's History of Maine (vol. 2, pp. 422 -- 434) has a detailed account of the burning of Falmouth, and Ford points out the curious entry in the Diary and Letters of Thomas Hutchinson (vol. 1, p. 583): "It is generally believed that Falmouth in Casco Bay, is burnt by Capt. Mowat, and 2 or 3 more ships. The last time I saw Lord G[eorge] G[ermain], he observed that Adm. Graves had been put in mind of his remissness: and he imagined he would run to the other extreme." ]

    The Orders shewn by the Captain for this horred proceedure, by which it appears the same desolation is meditated upon all the Towns on the Coast, made it my Duty to communicate it as quickly and extensively as possible. As Portsmouth was the next place to which he proposed to go, General Sullivan was permitted to go up and give them his Assistance and advice to ward off the Blow. I flatter myself the like Event will not happen there, as they have a Fortification of some strength and a Vessel has arrived at a place called Sheepscott with 1500 lb of Powder.

    The Gentlemen of the Congress have nearly finished their Business, but as they write by this Opportunity, I must beg leave to refer you to their Letters for what concerns their Commission.

    We have had no Occurrence of any Consequence in the Camp, since I had the Honor of Addressing you last. I am &ca.