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Letter from General Ward to the Massachusetts Assembly: Boston is not safe; the Harbour is open and the Town may and probably will be cannonaded and carried by the enemy if proper measures are not taken to defend it


MAY 7, 1776. — The Committee of both Houses, to whom is referred the consideration of a Letter from General Ward, have considered the same, and, from various circumstances, are led to conclude that the probability of the enemy' s return to this Colony is such as renders it highly necessary that part of the Militia he called to the lines near Boston with all possible despatch; and that due care be immediately taken to provide proper magazines of provisions, and sufficient supply of intrenching tools and camp utensils for their use and support.

All which is humbly submitted.

Per order: J˙ WINTHROP.