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General Washington to Governour Cooke



Camp at Cambridge, October 29, 1775.

SIR: Your favour of the 25th instant came safely to hand. Captain Whipple' s voyage has been unfortunate; but it is not in our power to command success, though it is always our duty to deserve it. I hope he will be more successful in his intended voyage, if it is proposed in consequence of the direction of the Congress. I think it proper you should apprize him that two schooners have sailed from hence to the mouth of St˙ Lawrence River, upon the same service, commanded by Captain Broughton and Captain Selman. The signal which they have agreed on to distinguish each other, and to be known to their friends, is the ensign up to the main toppinglift. I agree with you that the attachment of our Bermudian brethren ought to recommend them to the favourable regards of their friends of America, and I doubt not it will. I shall certainly take a proper opportunity to make their case known to the honourable Continental Congress.

I shall be happy in every opportunity to show the regard and esteem with which I am your Honour' s most obedient and very humble servant,


To Governour Cooke, Rhode-Island.