The Siege of Boston: Eyewitness Accounts from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

Eyewitness Accounts from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

Pass issued on behalf of Rear Admiral Samuel Graves to Henry Howell Williams allowing access to Noddles Island, 1 May 1775

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Pass issued on behalf of Rear Admiral Samuel Graves to Henry Howell Williams allowing access to Noddles Island, 1 May 1775
This pass forms part of a selection of documents from the Noddles Island papers, a collection of documents Henry Howell Williams assembled when he requested compensation for losses incurred to his property during the Siege of Boston.

Samuel Graves (1713-1787) was rear admiral of the Royal Navy and was stationed in Boston in early 1775.  This pass authorized Henry Howell Williams unlimited access both to Boston and his residence on Noddles Island after the start of the Siege of Boston under the condition he "carry no people from hence, or bring any thing off the Island."