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    [Revolutionary War]. 1776 Report of the Sighting of Twenty British Vessels. One page, 7.75" x 9.25", Perth Amboy, New Jersey, October 17, 1776. Writing from the coastal town of Perth Amboy, Alexander Boyd writes regarding the sighting of twenty ships, in part as written: "Agreeable to your orders I proceeded To Serosbury Emediatley where I found all in quietness [quietness] no aperance of any Enemy at present on that Coast Some Day Last week upwards of 20 sail of Vesails fell Down to the hook which gave Rise to the Report we Recd, But the Nixt Day the[y] put to sea a Due East Course whither Bound is not Known, &c. Agreeable to your orders I have Settled a Coraspondance with three gentleman of that Department, to wit, Collonel Hendrickson Collonel Tayler & Mr. James Scrub whos fidelity may be relied on from their . . . attachment to the cause of Amarica . . . which has promised and Engaged that if anything Extronery should happen or any Enemy attempt to Land in that Department, they will send off Express to you Emediatly." According to Pennsylvania Archives Volume V, published by Harvard University in 1853, this letter was directed to Thomas Wharton Jr., President of the Council of Safety in Philadelphia.

    Condition: Smoothed folds show toning with additional toning along the left margin. Mild foxing at the lower right corner and in places at the upper edge. Text is bold. Red wax seal remnant at the left edge.

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