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

Eyewitness Accounts from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

Letter from John Andrews to William Barrell, 6 May 1775

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Letter from John Andrews to William Barrell, 6 May 1775
In this letter written to his brother-in-law on 6 May 1775, John Andrews describes conditions in Boston shortly into the Siege.  Andrews mentions the large number of people to leave the town and the difficulty of communicating between town and country. As he closes the letter, Andrews says that his wife (Barrell's sister) Ruthy is preparing to leave Boston.

This is the first of two letters that Andrews sent to his brother-in-law William Barrell, the second letters was written on 1 June 1775.