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Loammi Baldwin to General Washington



Chelsea, July 29, 1775, Two o' clock, P˙ M.

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY: About twelve o' clock this day we were all alarmed by the approach of a boat to Winnisimit Ferry, and by a signal soon found them to be friends, who landed with their household goods. There were several of my intimate acquaintance. I have taken the names of all the passengers, and stopped the letters, which I now send for your inspection, and beg your Excellency would send them back to me again are soon as possible, as the bearers are some of them in waiting, and others are to call again to-morrow for theirs. Please to keep the enclosed letters in their respective covers.

I would beg your Excellency would send me some assistance, as the boats are to continue passing, (that is, if we can believe General Gage,) and something may escape for want of proper assistance, that may turn to our disadvantage.

Our officers are very sick here. I have much upon my hands and mind, since I received Mr˙ Reed' s letter last night. I hope and earnestly expect some assistance, and your Excellency' s orders, as soon as the necessity of the matter requires.

In great haste, I am, Sir, your Excellency' s most obedient humble servant,


P˙ S. Should be much obliged to your Excellency if you would send down a few sheets of paper and wafers, as I cannot procure any about here, and am out. Pray, Sir, excuse the imperfections in this letter.