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Colonel Joseph Reed to Stephen Moylan



Cambridge, October 15, 1775.

DEAR SIR: Your favour of the 13th instant came safely to hand. The General is pleased with your proceedings, and has given his consent that the Committee should retain what flour is absolutely necessary.

We are very anxious to hear of the armed vessels being ready for sea. Every day, nay, every hour, is precious. It is now fourteen days since they were set on foot; sure they cannot be much longer in preparing. You will write if any thing material occurs.

I am, dear Sir, your very obedient humble servant,


To Stephen Moylan, Esq˙, Portsmouth.

P˙ S. The Committee seem to think the transportation by Cape Ann dangerous. Pray do not run any unnecessary risks. If there are no enemy' s cruisers, there can be no danger. At all events, consult with the Provincial Committee, and if you do not follow their advice in sending it by Ipswich, give them your reasons for not doing so. This is a proper mark of respect, after what they have said.

Yours, &c.

Two hundred and forty dollars sent by the bearer of this.