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Boston, July 6, 1776.

We learn from Halifax, by a person who left that place this day three weeks, that the troops General Howe left there were supposed to be about fifteen hundred, mostly Marines, and the Regiment of Lighthorse (which lately were wantonly tutored in a house of God in this town) was at Windsor, waiting for General Howe to get foothold at New York, when they were to follow, and march (or gallop) through this Continent; that they were busily employed in fortifying Citadel Hill and other places, being under apprehension of an attack; that Brigadier Ruggles and son from Hardwick, William Tyng, formerly High-Sheriff, John Hicks, and John Howe, Printers, were gone volunteers with General Howe, and a number of others, which our informant could not recollect.

We also learn from Halifax, that when the New York Tories arrived there, they applied to General Howe for subsistence; but were informed that, unless they took up arms in defence of Government, they could have no relief; when some of them voluntarily entered the service, and others, through necessity, were obliged to; and that the fourth day after their inlistment, they, together with the Boston Tories, were ordered to dig in the Coal Mines at Nova Scotia, where we hope they may remain during life — a proper shelter for all the Tories in America.

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