[dateline] Cambridge 11th. Decr. 1775
[salute] Dr Sir
I seize a few Minutes before the Post sets out to send You a little Information. Manley
took two Prizes last Saturday, a large Ship of more than 300 Tons with a Cargo of
Coals (chiefly) a large Quantity of Porter, some Wine and 40 live Hogs—destin'd for
the beseiged Troops at Boston. The Captain found Means to throw overboard every material
Letter. The other Capture was a large Brig from Antigua with 139 Puncheons of Rum—some
Cocoa—a handsome Present of Lemons, Oranges and Limes for Genl. Gage's own Use.1
Above one half the Connecticut Forces are discharg'd, and are gone or going home.
The Massachusetts shew more Spirit, and in General are determined on no Consideration
to leave the Lines till the Army is inlisted. Some Regiments have presented Addresses
to the General, with Assurances of this Kind, which have given great Satisfaction.
About 2000 of the Militia are come down and 3000 more are expected every Hour. They
are in high Spirits and look like an exceeding clever Set of young Fellows. We shall
do very well yet.
The pompous Display of Riflemen's Courage which fill half the Papers of the southward—is
The Affair at Leechmere's Point hardly deserved mentioning—and when read by Howe's
Officers will make them laugh—at least. I will not by Letter
make any other observation on this Subject.
You would much oblige me Sir, to procure from the Secretary of the Congress, an exact
List of all the General Officers, and principal Staff Officers in the Continental
Service—and send it me.
The New Articles for the Government of the Army ought to be sent as soon as possible.3
The Judge Advocate should have been authoris'd to have sworn the Members of Courts
Martial, and ought to have been under an Oath of Office himself. Your most obt. Servt.