[dateline] Boston. Aprill. 10. 1777
[salute] Mr. Adams
Yours by post I have received, and with what Armes is Arrived this way, hope will
be a full supply, and wish there were an equal Number to make Use of them. Although
Our Number is not compleated, yet by what we can learn, we have as many or more than
any of the goverments and are marching forward dayly.
The story of the burning the Arsenal att Plymouth wish was more Authenticated, As
we have a prize ship here which Arrived sometime since, that left Falmouth the 6 Jany.
which knows nothing of itt, tho itt seems there were some damage tho not as has been
I received a packet directed to me and the Other Gentlemen from the Honble. board
of the Marine department, and wish I had been excused in the Matter, but as itt seems
to be A Matter of Importance, and haveing two Gentlemen which are better Capacitated,
than my self, we shall go on the business immediately, but believe will be a Considerable
I wish we were better Able to coape with the enemy att sea, for they have the Advantage
of us greatly for they seem to take almost every thing. They have got Bermudas as
a place of rendezvous, by which they have all the Advantage possible. I had a Master
come by the way of N.York last week, haveing been taken in a brig of mine with 300
hhd. Molasses, [powder?], small Arms and sundry Other Articles, by which shall be a large sufferer.
Bro. Smith and Cousin Betsey is here. Mrs. Adams and family are well—and are in haste
Yr. H. S.,
PS. The loss of the Cabot is an Unhappy Affair.2