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Letter from W. Griffin to George Giftarias


Intercepted Letter transmitted to Congress by General Washington, with his Letter dated December 18, 1775.


Kingfisher, Jamestown, Virginia, November 14, 1775.

DEAR SIR: This moment the Otter' s tender arrived from Norfolk for our despatches for Boston, by which I take this opportunity to inform you that I am still in being; I cannot say in the land of the living, for I dare not show my nose here, being surrounded on each shore by Rebels, who narrowly watch our motions; but by the vigilance of our Captain we harass them much.

The day before our arrival in the river, about a thousand Rebels, from Williamsburgh, got over opposite to Jamestown, where they are now encamped, in order to march down to Norfolk, to attack our few troops there, and to punish the Norfolk people for declaring for Government. Had we but two complete regiments, I make not the least doubt of their reducing the refractory, and restoring peace and good order to this Province.

If there are any letters for me, or the rest of the officers, in your office, beg you will forward them; and at the same time I should esteem it as a favour if you would send rne two tons of essence, with a few quires of writing paper, as I cannot get any here.

I am, with great regard, dear sir, your most obedient humble,


To George Giffarina, Secretary to Admiral Graves.

P˙ S˙ Captain Montagu desires his compliments to you, and should be glad to know if the sloop he carried to Boston with cattle is condemned; if so, should be glad you would forward the money for the ship' s company by this opportunity.