Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To LORD STIRLING Cambridge, March 24, 1776.

    My Lord: Since my last to you of the 19th. Inst. I had the Pleasure to receive your Favour of the 15th. It gives me vast Satisfaction to find you are making such Preparations as will prevent the Enemy from making any Lodgement there. The Reinforcement gone to you from this Camp will put you on so respectable a Footing, that I have no Doubt, but you will be able to strengthen your Works, in such a Manner, that, even if General Howe should arrive before this Army, you will be able to prevent his taking Post.

    The Fleet are now lying in Nantasket Road. The Wind has been these two Days fair for them to sail; but they seem fixed. I really know not what they aim at, I have made such Preparations for them; that, I think it will be very difficult for them to regain the Post at Boston, if they are so inclined. While they


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remain in Sight, I must stay here to watch their Motions with the Army under my Command. When they move from hence, if nothing unforeseen happens, I shall make the best of my Way to New York, where I shall have great Pleasure in taking your Lordship by the Hand.

    You omitted sending the Paper you refer to in your last. It will be a Satisfaction to me to receive it your next. If this should reach you, ere the Departure of the Powder from your Place, you will do well to keep it with you. I am, &c.