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Letter from John Page to the Maryland Council of Safety



Williamsburgh, July 13, 1776.

SIR: As the enemy' s fleet has been driven from their station, and their forces obliged to abandon Gwin' s Island, and we are informed they will endeavour to possess themselves of some place on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, we have thought it prudent to give you the earliest intimation thereof. A battery of two eighteen-pounders played on their ships, and a few rounds forced them to retire. Four nine-pounders silenced their batteries, raked their camp, and threw them into the greatest confusion; on which our men, as soon as boats could be procured, passed over to the Island, which the enemy abandoned with precipitation, carrying with them all their cannon, except one; two of their tenders fell into our hands. The ship Dunmore was so much damaged, that it is said she was burnt the night after the cannonade. They were obliged to destroy two other vessels. We congratulate you on the success of the American arms in South Carolina. By this express you will be fully informed of Sir Peter Parker' s repulse.

I am, sir, your most obedient servant,
JOHN PAGE, Pt˙ Council.

To the Honourable President of the Council of Safety of Maryland, Annapolis.