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, March 2, 1776.

    Sir: After weighing all Circumstances of Tide, &c., and considering the hazard of having the Posts on Dorchester Neck taken by the Enemy, and the evil consequences which would result from it, the Gentlemen here are of Opinion that we should go on there Monday Night. I give you this Early notice of it, that you may delay no time in preparing for it, as everything here will be got in readiness to co-operate. In haste I am, Sir, etc. 15

[Note:From a facsimile. On the outside of the letter is written: "Remember the Barrels." These were for forming the breastworks. The original of this letter appears to have been sold in Cincinnati in 1849. ]

    Saturday evening. Remember -- Barrels.