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Plymouth (Massachusetts) Commmittee to the Commitee of Safety



Plymouth, March 27, 1775.

The Selectmen and Committee of Correspondence of the Town of Plymouth beg leave to represent the peculiar circumstances of this Town, and to desire such aid and


protection as you in your wisdom shall think proper to direct.

We have an open harbour, on which lay the Towns of Plymouth, Kingston, and Duxbury, extending twelve or fifteen miles, in almost every part of which it is extremely easy for Troops to land, commit ravages, and retreat, unless a sufficient force is continually on duty to watch and report them. Ever since the late alarm, the inhabitants of this Town (apprehensive of danger) have been on almost constant duty, without being able to attend to their private affairs, the consequence of which roust produce great distress, if not ruin, unless they can be relieved. Another very peculiar circumstance attending us is, that in case we should be attacked, no immediate aid can come to our assistance from the back; country, we being surrounded by a wilderness, extending several miles, without any inhabitants at all and several more miles with very few and scattering ones.

We therefore; pray your consideration of these matters, and that you would order the Minute Regiment under the command of Colonel Cotton, be posted here, and that proper provision be made for them.

We are, gentlemen, with great respect, your very humble servants. By order of the Committee and Selectmen of the Town of Plymouth.

JOHN TORREY, Chairman.

To the Honourable Committee of Safety for the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay.