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Notice of the capture and release of George Merchant


WILLIAMSBURGH, VIRGINIA, June 14, 1776. — George Merchant, a private in Captain Morgan' s Company of Riflemen of Virginia, who went to Canada with Colonel Arnold last fall, was taken prisoner soon after landing on the plains of Abraham, and, after being confined several days in irons, was sent to England to be hanged; but meeting with friends in London, he was set at liberty, and sent to Bristol, from whence he got a passage, on the 24th of March, in a schooner, to Halifax, where he tarried ten days, when he, with several masters of vessels that had been taken by the Ministerial cruisers, hired a small fishing schooner to bring them to Newbury, but, by reason of contrary winds, put into Old-York, in New-Hampshire, where he landed and pushed for Boston, and was sent express from thence to General Washington, and by him to the Continental Congress, and arrived here on Monday evening. By him we have the following important advices: