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Letter from Governour Trumbull to General Washington



New-Haven, October 14, 1776.

SIR: By Captain Tinker am informed of the misfortune and situation of the row-galleys sent into the Continental service from this State; and as circumstances are altered respecting them since my last to you, on the subject of dismissing their crews and arms, must again request your attention to that matter, that the crew of the. Crane, Captain Tinker, who escaped, may be dismissed, and be admitted to return to the employment of this State, and that if the crews of the other two galleys can be of no further service to you, they likewise may be dismissed; of one or both, as you see fit, as we can employ them to advantage on board our armed vessels fitting out, into which service they are desirous of entering. The galleys being employed in the service of the Continent, are esteemed to be at the Continental care and risk. This State readily submit to your Excellency' s directions what is requisite and proper relative to the men and their arms.

I am, with esteem and respect, sir, your most obedient, humble servant,


To His Excellency General Washington.