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Letter from the Committee for Stonington to General Washington: They have carefully inquired into the characters of Denny and Buddington, and cannot find that either has pursued any measure inimical to America



Stonington, January 8, 1776.

SIR: The Committee of Correspondence and Safety in this place, to whose consideration your Excellency, by letter dated the 27th of November last, was pleased to refer the affair of one Denny, and his captured vessel and cargo, having, on the 1st of December, transmitted to you their proceedings relative thereto, beg leave now to report, further, that, (having notified all persons concerned,) after a full hearing, and careful examination and inquiry of the several evidences before us, (consisting of people on board said, vessel when taken, and of the neighbours supposed best acquainted with the character of said Denny, and one Buddington, who, for some reasons, was suspected of being toryistical,) cannot find that either of them have adopted or pursued any measure really inimical to America, or in any thing acted a part so obnoxious, but that they, upon paying the necessary and occasional charges, might, without further delay or trouble, have said vessel and cargo restored, to them; unless the mere act of said Denny' s availing himself and being possessed of the enclosed certificate and clearance when taken, should be deemed a sufficient bar in the way; relative to which, the bearer is desired


to wait and receive your Excellency' s resolution and commands.

From your most obedient, humble servant,
By order of the Committee:

To His Excellency General Washington.