Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To JOSEPH REED Cambridge, November 27, 1775.

    Dear Sir: Your letter of the 16th by Post now lyes before me, and I thank you for the attention paid to my Memorandums; the arrival of Money will be an agreeable Circumstance.

    I recollect no occurrance of moment since my last, except the taking possession of Cobble Hill on Wednesday night. This to my great surprize we did, and have worked on ever since, without receiving a single shott from Bunkers Hill, -- the ship -- or Floating Batteries -- what all this means we know not unless some capitol strike is meditating -- I have caused two half Moon Batterries to be thrown up for occasional use, between Litchmore's more's Point and the mouth of Cambridge River; and another Work at the Causey going on to Litchmores point to command that pass and rake the little Rivulet which runs by it to Patterson's Fort. Besides these I have been, and mark'd three places between Sewall's point and our Lines on Roxbury Neck for Works to be thrown up and occasionally mann'd in case of a Sortee, when the Bay gets froze.

    By order of Genl. Howe, 300 of the poor Inhabitants of Boston were landed on Saturday last at point Shirley, destitute almost of every thing; the Instant I got notice of it, I informed a Committee of Council thereof, that proper care might be taken of them -- Yesterday in the evening I receive information that one of them was dead, and two more expiring; and the whole in the most miserable and piteous condition. -- I have order'd Provision to them till they can be remov'd, but am under dreadful apprehensions of their communicating the small Pox as it is Rief in Boston. I have forbid any of them coming to this place on that acct.


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    A Ship well fraught with Ordinance, Ordinance Stores, &c., is missing and gives great uneasiness in Boston, her Convoy has been in a fortnight -- I have order'd our Arm'd Vessels to keep a good look out for her. The same reasons which restrained you from writing fully, also prevent me. I shall therefore only add that I am, &c.

    If any waggon should be coming this way, Pray order a qty of good writing Paper to head Quarters, and Sea'g Wax. 22

[Note:The text is from Ford. ]