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Machias Committee to Massachusetts Congress



Machias, June 17, 1775.

GENTLEMEN: Since the express left this, by whom we transmitted an account of the taking of the Margaretta, one of the King' s tenders, we have discovered, upon


examining the papers, that both of Capt˙ Jones' s sloops, of about eighty tons each, were in the King' s service; and as the people are now obliged to provide for their own safety in the best manner possible, the Committee of Safety have resolved, with the utmost expedition, to arm one of said sloops, and to act on the defensive. We are deeply sensible of our own weakness and danger, and with becoming deference we once more apply to your Honours for advice and support, if we are judged worthy of your notice. Will not a commission be necessary for those who take the lead in this affair?

We are, gentlemen, very respectfully, &c.

JAMES LYON, Chairman.

To the Honourable Congress of the Massachusetts-Bay.