To the President of the Provincial, Congress of Massachusetts
Portsmouth, May 6, 1775.
SIR: We have received intelligence that Mr˙ Edward Parry, of this Town, together with Mr˙ John Barnard and Mr˙ Wilson, are now confined in irons in the County of Lincoln; for what cause we have not been able to explore. But from the past conduct of Mr˙ Parry in this Town, we are convinced he never merited such treatment; and that it cannot but meet with the disapprobation of your Congress, which have constantly manifested, in all their proceedings, a contrary temper.
We trust that Congress will exert their influence to procure the immediate release of that gentleman; and wish that humanity and candour may distinguish all our noble struggles in the cause of liberty. I am your most obedient servant. By order of the Committee: