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Stephen Moylan and John Glover to Col. Joseph Reed

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STEPHEN MOYLAN AND JOHN GLOVER TO COL˙ JOSEPH REED.

Beverly, October 21, 1775.

DEAR SIR: The schooners, commanded by Captains Broughton and Selman, sailed this morning. As they had none but their old colours, we appointed them a signal, that they may know each other by, and be known to their friends — the ensign up to the main toppinglift.

You will please to order the crew of the schooner to be manned out of General Sullivan' s Brigade to hold themselves in readiness for embarking next Thursday. The sooner this is done the better, as they may prepare what necessaries they may have occasion for, and not delay in looking out for them here; and, as the Marblehead gentry will go home, it will be best to send them off to-morrow, and we shall stand a better chance of being able to collect them on Thursday. Indeed, the Captains of both schooners should be here to superintend the work.

Mr˙ Moylan has ordered two hundred barrels of the flour that was at Ipswich to this place, for the use of the Navy; it saves some miles of land carriage, that at Salem being nearer camp.

Colonel Glover has received the present which Captain Langdon made to the officers on board the schooner; he thinks it very genteel.

Please to send the following articles immediately: forty spears, three hundred sorted swivel-shot and some matchrope, two signal flags, fifty pounds chocolate, fifty pounds coffee, one hundred and twelve pounds sugar, and a small firkin of butter.

We are, with great regard, Sir, your most humble servants,

STEPHEN MOYLAN,
JOHN GLOVER.

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