. On 27 Aug. Brig. Gen. William Brattle of Cambridge wrote to Gage informing him among
other things that military companies in the neighboring towns were under orders “to
meet at one Minute's Warning, equipt with Arms and Ammunition,” and that the selectmen
of the towns were withdrawing large stocks of powder from the Provincial arsenal at
Quarry Hill in what is now Somerville. Gage at once ordered a detachment of regulars
to remove the powder to Castle Island, but with extraordinary carelessness he dropped
Brattle's letter on a street in Boston. It was soon published, Brattle was obliged
to flee for his life to the protection of the troops in Boston, and Gage began fortifying
Boston Neck against roving bands of militia aroused by these events. See “Letters
of John Andrews,” MHS, Procs.
, 1st ser., 8 (1864–1865): 350–355; Rowe, Letters and Diary
, p. 283–284;
Sibley-Shipton, Harvard Graduates
, 7:20–22; text of Brattle's letter printed in Boston Gazette
, 5 Sept. 1774.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2017.