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Robert H. Harrison to William Watson



Cambridge, January 28, 1776.

SIR: Your letter to his Excellency of the 26th, is come to hand, with the papers found on board the Norfolk, and Happy-Return, transports, taken by Commodore Manly. You will please to libel them immediately, and the sooner they are brought to trial the more agreeable it will be to the General. You will take notice that the private property of the Captains and crews are to be carefully guarded for them, and that his Excellency approves much of your precaution in getting the ships to the wharf in order to secure the small articles from pillagers.

I hope the Harrison is out on her cruise, and wish she may make a successful one. The General writes by this conveyance to the Commodore. If he is in port you will please to give him the letter. Yours, &c.

To William Watson, Esq˙, Plymouth.