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lieve, for your, as well as my sake, that you are unmindful of Me. Let your next, relieve me from the least doubt on this head.
I have nothing new worth sending so far. I sent you a Book; hope you received it. Write me particularly by the next post, which will encourage me to continue more at large a Course of Letters consequent on what I entered upon in my first, & afterward hinted at by Gen'l Gates. I am wishing you success equal to the justice, & extent of the Cause.
My Dear Sam'l, .
Silas Deane to Mrs. Deane.
PHILADELPHIA, June 22, 1775. Om MY DEAR:- This will be handed you by his Excellency, Gen- eral Washington, in company with General Lee, and retinue. Should they lodge a night in Wethersfield, you will accommodate their horses, servants, &c., in the best manner at the tavern, and their retinue will likely go on to Hartford.
We this moment, received advice of a battle at Bunker's Hill; but the account is very confused. It is said to have happened on Saturday last, and the news arrived here this morning.
I have wrote you so lately and so particularly, that I have nothing in the small way to add; and of business, I dare not think other than is before me. May God preserve us!
I am, my Dear, Yours, &c.,
S. DEANE. Mr. Mifflin, of whom I have often spoke, is a Major in the militia here; and is Aid-de-Camp, as I hear, to the General; is my. particular friend, and I am happy in the thought, that you will be able to return some of the many civilities I have received from him in this city. If ever there was true spirit and patriotism in man, he possesses them.
Inclosed is more of North Carolina composition. I gave your compliments to them, and told them of your opinion of Caesar, at which we laughed very heartily. Col. Joseph Reed, A. D. C. to Washington, to Col. Sam’l B. Webb, when recovering from his wound received at the battle of
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HEADQUARTERS, CAMBRIDGE, September 10, 1776. D'R WEBB:— The Hurry of Business & an irksome Complaint, have prevented my writing to you before. How do you do? Do you get better? Do you want anything from here, that I can procure you? Answer me these Questions as soon as you can. You know I take a sincere interest in your welfare, & should be happy to promote it. Letters are come to-day from Mr. Deane. He was safe at Bordeaux the 1st July; much caressed by the People there, especially of Rank. We do not know his success in Politicks, as his letters are to Members of Congress; & the Gen’l does not choose to open them.
You gave Mr. Tilghman and me, some expectations you would lend him your Maro. He is so obliging as to stay here and do duty, but has no horse, nor can we provide him with one. If you can spare her conveniently, it would be very convenient to us. We are at present very bare in point of assistance. The fierce sons of Carolina, who were so apprehensive there would be an action before they came, have taken wing.
Gen. Sullivan has returned; the Congress have appointed Dr. Franklin, Mr. Adams & Mr. Rutledge, to meet Lord Howe in a friendly conference at Amboy or Staten Island, as his Lordship chooses. I fear it will come to nothing. Our Militia are all gone except a very few. One Regiment returns 24. I hope this will open the eyes of every man upon such miserable & futile dependence. God bless you and give you better health.
Chas. Whiting's letter to Lieut. Sam’l B. Webb.
MIDDLETOWN, 20th June, 1775. MY DEAR SAM:—I most heartily congratulate you Sammy, on
your safe return from the Field of Battle. Am highly rejoic'd to Repeatrd me
hear that you behav'd worthy yourself, and prov'd that your cour
age was genuine. I want much to see you and tell you a thousand 283.330, things & ask 2,000 questions. Write me, as soon as leisure per
mits, everything concerning the engagement, for as yet, amidst the endless variety of accounts, I don't know what to depend on
as truth. I much fear that the melancholy tidings of the death
- ; he remembers you; the doct’r is going; must not add; my
Adieu! My Dearest Sam'l.
Comfort Sage's letter to Lieut. Sam’l B. Webb.
MIDDLETOWN, 14th July, 1775.
Sir:-It gives me the greatest pleasure & satisfaction, to hear
Little or no news here. Last Monday, the King Fisher went up the Sound after a vessel from Sea, and sent her Barge with 16 men on shore at Branford. A number of people collected and cut her off, & took the Barge with the people. The Bearer, Capt. Warner from Newport, has taken shelter with his family, together with three other familes from there, in that place. He is a Gentleman of fortune & Character; and I should esteem it a particular favour if you'll notice him accordingly. He is accompanied by my son Eben'r, who has been ill about six weeks. He made a pretty good voyage. On their return I expect to set out for the Camp. I am with esteem,
Your real friend & ob’t s'v't,
Jerry Wadsworth’s Letter.
HARTFORD, June, 1775.
hear you are well. What an unhappy affair! the Massachusetts
Col. Chester to Maj. Sam’l B. Webb.
Roxbury CAMP, August 11th, 1775. DEAR SAMMY:-I perceive by General Orders, that the General proposes honouring those gentlemen who behaved well in the action on Bunker Hill. For my part, as I am determined not to tarry longer than the time I first thought of, and am not anxious for promotion; & if I was, I imagine there is no vacancy nor like to be for me. But two things have determined me to write to you & request your advice on this subject. And first—By the way I am no preacher & never intend to be one—I say then firstly: Will not a censuring world say, in case we make no representation of our behaviour on Bunker Hill after so fair an opportunity given us by the General, that we fear to have our conduct looked into, & that we cannot make good our pretensions, & the story we have told of our conduct?
Again: Would it not be doing injustice to our subalterns & under officers, not to represent their behaviour and good conduct? For whatever you or I might think of the matter, they all are desirous of it & hope for promotion or notice in some way or other, in consequence of what the General has published. I have conversed with them and know their opinions in the matter.
Now if you think best, after what I have said, to say anything to ye General about the matter, I should be much obliged to you , to do it. I am free to ask it of you as you are on the list, & as you are perfectly well acquainted with the whole matter & can do it to as good advantage as any man.
A certain big bellied General, will make the most of his great doing, I very well know. I wish his conduct could be fully known.
The Blins have had 10 lashes each, this morning, for desertion.
With Regard to rank, &c.,-had I best try to make any advantage of my commission at home as Major, or justice, or having been sundry times, a member of assembly, &c., &c. Write me & tell me how you do & how you go on at Cambridge, & if you have a convenient app’y, come and bring it yourself. Thereby you'll greatly gratify your friend & most obliged humble serv't,
John CHESTER. Jos. Webb's letter after receiving intelligence of his brother's gallant conduct in the battle of Trenton.
WETHERSFIELD, January 4, 1777. MY DEAR BROTHER:-Yours of the 27th Ulto. was handed me on Thursday Morn'g. I opened it at Breakfast, and never was more pleased in my life. It was agreeable and unexpected news. Joy overcame us so much that scarcely one of us could finish our breakfast. Col. Knox's Lady was in Comp’y. She has been at our house these several days on her way to Boston. Heavens be praised for this lucky, happy and Important turn in our favour. Nothing in life, could happen at a more critical juncture-in every place and almost every face, you may see almost a surprising alteration—tho' no one was willing to own any doubts or fears before.
I must own New England has fewer Tories than I think Jer-
Except that I am affectionately yours,