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Portsmouth Committee to New-Hampshire Congress



Portsmouth, May 31, 1775.

SIR: We beg leave to inform you that this day eight pieces of cannon were removed from Jersey Point to this Town, and that threats are thrown out by the Captain of the man-of-war, that in case he hears of any preparation of rafts, or any other means being used to annoy him, he shall come up with his ship to fire upon the Town. We would submit it to the wisdom of the Congress, whether these guns should not be immediately placed in some convenient battery to prevent this mischief, and whether a Committee should not be forthwith employed for this purpose. The guns are six twenty-four and two thirty-two-pounders.


And it is absolutely necessary that we be provided with ammunition and carriages, &c˙, to save them, of which we are entirely destitute.

I am, by order of the Committee, your most humble servant,

H˙ WENTWORTH, Chairman.

To Matthew Thornton, Esq˙, President of the Congress at Exeter.