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

Eyewitness Accounts from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

Orders to take cattle issued by Col. Ephraim Doolittle to Capt. Nathan Fuller (copy), 30 May 1775

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Orders to take cattle issued by Col. Ephraim Doolittle to Capt. Nathan Fuller (copy), 30 May 1775

In these military orders Colonel Ephraim Doolittle (spelled "Doulittle" in this manuscript copy) instructs Captain Nathan Fuller to seize livestock from Noddles Island on 30 May 1775.   During the Siege of Boston, American troops occasionally confiscated property to use as provisions.  This particular copy of Doolittle's orders was one of many documents assembled by Henry Howell Williams, the property owner who suffered losses, in the late 1780s when Williams formally petitioned the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for proper compensation.   

Ephraim Doolittle (1725-1807) was from Worcester, Massachusetts, and Nathaniel Fuller (died 1822) was from Newton, Massachusetts.