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Letter from James Murray to the Maryland Council of Safety

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JAMES MURRAY TO MARYLAND COUNCIL OF SAFETY.

Cambridge, January 20, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: The bearer hereof, Mr˙ James Campbell, who acted as a Captain of our Militia, had the honour, on application, of being appointed a Lieutenant of the Light Infantry Company at our last Convention.

I am to beg leave to introduce this gentleman to you, as particularly worthy your notice. I think, upon conversation with him, he may afford some very useful hints in those branches, that we, at this time, stand so much in need of: I mean gunnery and fortification. Have known him for several years, in character of a captain of a ship, the seafaring life having been his calling from his infancy, and think, to do him justice in that sense, or any other that he engages in, he will merit esteem. I believe he brings with

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him a plan of a floating battery, his own invention, which may, very possibly, afford matter for improvement, should the original fail. If you attempt fortification, and are not already supplied with an able hand, believe you will find him very clever in drawing and taking charts of your harbours and Bay, and pointing out the fittest place to erect fortifications on.

With due regard, I remain, gentlemen, your humble servant

JAMES MURRAY.

To the Honourable the Council of Safety.

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