[dateline] Boston Decr: 15. 1781
[salute] Dear Sir
A Nephew of mine, a lad of fifteen years Old, by Name Benjamin Brackett, went out
a Cruize in the Ship of War of 20 Guns, Call’d the Scourge, from Salem, Commanded
by Timothy Parker, was returning in a Prize to said Ship, fell in with the British
Frigate Call’d the Chatham in this Bay, at the time she took the Megetion, took him
and Carried him to Hallifax put him on Board the Prison ship, not many days after
he was on board Came An Officer from the Attalanta Sloop of War, took him by Force,
and Compell’d him to go On Board, the Attalanta Sloop of War, Notwithstanding the
repeated intreaties of a Gentleman who was on Board the Prison ship, and the said
sloop saild imediately for London, about three months since. If it should be in your
Exelencys Power to get him Exchanged You will lay me under the Greatest Obligations,
every Expence shall be most Chearfully paid your Order.1
I most Heartily Congratulate your Exelency On the Glorious Capture of Lord Cornwallis,
and his Army, and the Happy Prospect there is of your Exelencys soon reaping the rewards
of your great Exertions in securing the Independance of your Country.
[salute] I am with the Utmost Respect your Exelencys most Obedient Huml. Servt.
[signed] Joshua Brackett
NB I had my information from a man in this Town that was at that time on Board the
prison with my Nephew.