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Advices from America



(London Gazette,) Secretary of State' s Office, Whitehall,
December 26, 1775.

By the last advices received from Quebeck, of the 26th of October, it appears that General Carleton, who was then at Montreal, and formed a considerable corps of Canadians and English, that he and Lieut˙ Colonel Maclean, who commanded another corps on Sorel river, were preparing to proceed, by separate routes, to the relief of St˙ John' s, which had been for some time invested by the Rebels, without their being able to make an impression upon it; and that there was the greatest probability that the country would be soon cleared of those invaders, whose force was considerably diminished by sickness and desertion, and in great want of necessary supplies.

There are no advices from Boston later than the 12th of October, when General Gage left it, invested, as before, by the Rebel army, which had, however, attempted nothing since the affair of Bunker' s Hill.

The Earl of Dunmore, Governour of Virginia, acquaints the Secretary of State, in a letter dated the 22d of October, on board the ship William, off Norfolk, that on the 15th, his Lordship had landed with a party of between seventy and eighty men, in the neighbourhood of the town of Norfolk, and destroyed seventeen pieces of ordnance, and brought off two more, which had been carried away from that town by the Rebels, and concealed in the country; that on the 17th he had landed again, at about eight miles from the town, and marched between two and three


miles into the country, where about two hundred Shirt-men were collected to oppose him, but who fled into the woods upon the appearance of the party, leaving behind them some small-arms and ammunition, which his Lordship carried off. That on the 19th he had again landed, and destroyed ten guns, and brought off six, at a distance of two miles from the coast; and on the 20th brought off six more. And on the 21st, the day before his Lordship' s letter is dated, he had landed again, and brought off ten guns and two cohorns, and about sixty small-arms, and a great quantity of ball of different sizes; and his Lordship imagines there are not any military stores remaining in the possession of the Rebels in that part of the Province.

In these several landings, his Lordship made seven prisoners, among whom is one Robinson, a Deputy to the Provincial Convention, andone Mathews, a captain of the Minute-Men.