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Extract of Letter from the Camp at Cambridge



On Thursday last, the universal fast day, a party of our troops, in whale-boats, landed on Nantasket Point before day, and set fire to the Light-house. At day-light the men-of-war discovered them and fired upon them. I was at Little Cambridge when the guns wakened me. I ascended an eminence at a distance, and saw the flames of the Light-house ascending up to Heaven like grateful incense, and the ships wasting their powder. Our men proceeded from thence to Point Shirley, in order to drive off some young colts which were there. A party of Regulars attacked them, but were repulsed and drove into their boats, without the loss of a man on our side, either killed or wounded; what loss the Regulars have sustained I have not yet heard. The party set fire to all the fishing-houses


and hay that were on the place, and brought off four Tory fishermen, who are now prisoners at the General' s, together with one Whiting, a Sheriff of New-Hampshire Government, who has been detected in some illicit practices inimical to this Country. The troops here are increasing daily; a Regiment is arrived from the Province of Connecticut, and the riflemen are expected hourly. The strictest discipline begins to be practised in the camp, and nothing but a due subordination is required to make this Army as complete as any troops in the word. Wednesday evening Colonel Reed of your City delivered a copy of the Declaration and Address from the Congress, to the advanced guards of the enemy, for General Gage; and our sentinels have dispersed several hundred of those papers called "An Address to the Soldiers," amongst the Regular Troops, which, it is to be hoped, will be of good effect. We are now in perfect tranquillity, being well secured by intrenchments on all sides, and General Lee thinks they will not come out soon against us.