Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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*To MAJOR GENERAL ARTEMAS WARD Cambridge, November 17, 1775.
Sir: As the Season is fast approaching, when the Bay between us and Boston, will in all probability, be close shut up, thereby rendering any Movement upon the Ice, as easy as if no Water was there; and, as it is more than possible that General Howe, when he gets the expected Reinforcements, will endeavour to relieve himself from the disgraceful confinement, in which the Ministerial Troops have been all this Summer; common
prudence dictates the necessity of guarding our Camps, where ever they are most assailable; for this purpose, I wish you, General Thomas, Genl. Spencer, and Colonel Putnam, to meet me at your Quarters to-morrow at Ten 'O'Clock, that we may examine the Ground between your Work at the Mill and Sewel's Point, and direct such Batteries as shall appear necessary for the Security of your Camp, on that side, to be thrown up, without loss of time. I have long had it upon my Mind, that a successful attempt might be made, by way of surprise, on Castle William, from every Account there are not more than 300 Men in that Place; the Whale Boats, therefore, which you have, and such as could be sent to you, would easily transport 800 or 1000, which, with a very moderate Share of conduct and spirit, might, I should think, bring off the Garrison, if not some part of the Stores. I wish you to discuss this Matter (under the Rose) with Officers of whose judgment and conduct you can rely; some thing of this sort may shew how far the Men axe to be depended upon. I am with Respect, etc.