Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To GOVERNOR NICHOLAS COOKE Camp at Cambridge, October 29, 1775.

    Sir: Your Favor of the 25th Instant came safely to hand. Capt. Whipple's Voyage has been unfortunate, but it is not in our Power to Command Success, tho' it is always our duty to deserve it; I hope he will be more Successful in his intended Voyage, if it is proposed in consequence of the Direction of the Congress, I think it Proper you should apprize him, that two Schooners have Sail'd from hence to the Mouth of St. Lawrence River, upon the same Service Commanded by Capt. Broughton and Captain Sellman; The Signal which they have agreed on to distinguish each other and to be known to their Friends, is the Ensign up to the Main Topping Lift. I agree with you that the Attachment of our Bermudian Bretheren ought to recommend them to the favorable Regard of their Friends of America, and I doubt not it will, I shall certainly take a proper opp'y to make their Case known to the Honble. Continental Congress.

    I shall be happy in every opportunity to shew the Esteem and Regard with which I am etc.