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William Watson to General Washington



Plymouth, November 6, 1775.

SIR: This morning Capt˙ Coit, after a cruise of thirty-six hours, brought into this port the Schooner Industry, Chas˙ Coffin, master, and the Sloop Polly, Sibeline White, master, both from Nova-Scotia, bound to Boston, with provisions for the garrison there; manifests of both cargoes are enclosed. I have landed the cattle, and put them to pasture; the other articles I shall store immediately, and wait your Excellency' s orders.

Captain Coit finds his main-mast too weak; is now getting in a new one, and will sail again to-morrow. Captain Manly sailed six hours before Captain Coit; since which, we have heard nothing about him.

The prisoners will be sent forward to-morrow, under guard, agreeable to your Excellency' s instructions to Captain Coit. I shall do all in my power to expedite Captain Martindale, and hope that, if the weather favours, he will be ready in a few days.

I am your Excellency' s most obedient and much obliged humble servant, WILLIAM WATSON.

His Excellency George Washington, Esq.