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Jedediah Huntington to Jonathan Trumbull, Jun



Cambridge, Thursday, April 27, 1775.

DEAR SIR:I came into this place through Roxbury, last evening, and find great numbers of Troops, or rather armed men, in much more confusion than I expected, but perhaps with as little as possible, in this disordered state of the Massachusetts. Most of the soldiers here are inhabitants of this Province, who are now enlisting in a regular manner. General Ward is at Roxbury; General Putnam is Commander-in-chief at this place. They have both of them too much business upon their hands. I wish our General Officers, as soon as appointed, might immediately repair to Head Quarters; they will, at this crisis of Provincial politicks, be very cordially accepted, and be of eminent service.

The Committee of Safety, who are the primum mobile in the military movements, are crowded with business. It is expected by many, that the inhabitants of Boston will have leave to come out this day, with their effects, provided they leave their arms and provisions. It is said that pork sold there yesterday for a pistareen per pound, and milk for a pistareen per quart. Many are suspicious that the General intends to deceive them till he get possession of their arms. An experienced Engineer deserted to the


Castle the 25th instant. Mr˙ Josiah Quincy is arrived from London, in a very low state of health, and not expected to live. The Restraining Act is come by the same ship. The reinforcements from England were not to sail till the middle of April. I will, if possible, enclose you a Salem paper. I expected to have seen brother Joseph by this time. Your affectionate brother,


Mr˙ Jonathan Trumbull, Junior.