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February 21


February 21, 1776.

DEAR BROTHER: I take this opportunity to write to you, hoping these few lines will find you in as good a state of health as I enjoy at present, (thanks be to God for it!) But, dear brother, I think it is a little cold of you not to send me a letter, as you had the fairest opportunity; for I should have sent to you before, but it is a nice point to get a letter anywhere since the port has been stopped up. We did expect to have


the Chatham round here to relieve us; but we hear the Preston has gone home, and we expect she will stay in her room. But still, as the ship is coming out, I dare say we shall have some one here to relieve us. And, dear brother, I shall be very glad to hear if you have got a letter from our father, and whether you have heard from OUR brother James, or no. I should be very glad to hear from him; and if you have, do not forget to let me know in the return of your letter. I should be very glad to have an answer from you, to know how you are, and in what situation you are; for we have been pretty easy here; but since this General Lee has been here with his troops, we have been a little restless; but still stop their trade. They have likewise taken between seventy and eighty pieces of cannon out of the North Battery, and fortified the town very strong against us; but still that does not give us the least concern, for it lies to our mercy at any time. So, dear brother, do not forget to let me hear from you, and how affairs go on at present at Boston. So no more at present, from your ever loving brother till death,


To John Tulk, on board of His Majesty' s ship the Lively, at Boston,