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whole affair to y° Almighty God, in whose power and strength I doubt not you putt your trust and confidence, trusting that in a few weeks wee shall hear of yo desired effect of this grand undertaking and shall have y honour of congratulating you and your good famaly on your safe and happy return, of which many of your friends can more fully express their joy & gratitude, butt none more sincere than, Sir,

Your most obedient humle servant.

Brigadeer General WM PEPPERELL.

BENNING WENTWORTH* TO WILLIAM PEPPERRELL. To Brigadier General Pepperell, att Kittery PORTSMOUTH, 28th Feb, 1744. SIR, - I have sent you my tent by Mr Robert Savery, which I hope will be very serviceable, but you will be pleased to observe that it is on your credit, & not on the credit of your Comtee, who I have a great regard for, but as this tent is belonging to a number of gent" in this town equally interested in it with myself, I shall be obliged to produce this, or another of equal value, and I can with. more certainty depend on you for it than a Comtee whose power may be dissolved in a few weeks. Therefore on your arrival at Boston please to settle the matter with them on the footing I have mention'd.

I must desire you to reserve the arms you have 'till to-morrow, when I shall order a person to view them, and if they will do for our men that want arms I shall give orders to bring them up, & you may have a war on the treasury for the amount thereof. I am with great truth, Your most hum' sert.



Brigadier Gen1 PEPPERILL.

* Benning Wentworth, Governor of New Hampshire from 1734 to 1767, was the eldest son of Lieut. Gov. John Wentworth, was born at Portsmouth July 24, 1696, graduated at Harvard College in 1715, and died in Portsmouth Oct. 14, 1770.- Eds.

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For the Honble Colon' Wm Pepperrell, Esq', in Boston. Mr Gerrish.

NEWCASTLE, March 6th, 1744/5.

HOND SE, After yo' departure yt day from Portsm° the Assembly met, and I made a mot" yt thare might be something allowd by this governm for the Gener's table yt our field officers might appear wth you as those from the other governmts, and after some debate thereon (not to ment" pertickulars att present) thare was voted thirty pounds, new tenor, to be paid you out of yo treasury and sent up, and dout not was concurd wth and assented to, because thare was a parragraph of Gov' Shirley's letter to Gov' Wentworth layd before us on some points wherein something of yt nature was ment about an allowance for our field officers, butt wee was immediately adjourn to Thursday, 10 clock; and I made a mot" to the Assembly for leave to go with you, and thay ware all against it, and would not give me leave without sending a precept out for a new one, and wch they said might be a damage to the governm* and in pertickular to the town wch I represent, and I find yt Rye and Newcastle are very oneasy yt I sha go, so cannot wth hono and justice to those places proceed on the expedition. Butt shod have bin glad to have done myself the hono' and pleasure of goeing wth you had not I bin pree ingagd on the publick affairs and thare insisting so much on my staying. I shod have informed you before, butt could not git an oppertunity, so hope you will excuse me. I pray God y you may be und His divine protect" in yo' undertakings and returna in safety to the enjoym* of yo' family and friends, and Hond Sr


Yo' most obed kinsman and humble servt.

* William Frost, born May 20, 1705, was the eldest son of Hon. John Frost of Newcastle, N. H., who married the eldest sister of Sir William Pepperrell. See N. E. Hist. and Gen. Reg., vol. v. p. 165. — EDS.


ommend the son of a friend to your patronage and favour, according to the degrees of his merit. If your leisure will permit it, I shall esteem it a singular favour to have a line by the post. I purpose to write you again by our transports, and am, Honble Sir,

Your most obedient, obliged, and affectionate humble


Honble General PEPPERRELL

NATHANIEL WALTER * TO WILLIAM PEPPERRELL. To the Hon'ble Coll" Pepperell, Esq", in Boston. Mr Odiorne.

RICH WALDRON. PORT., March 8th, 1744/5

HOND SIR, -Tis with inexpressible pleasure I inform you that I shall wait upon you as a chaplain in the Expedition. My heart has ever been in it, and I have secretly hoped that I might go to be a blessing among my brave countrymen. Providence permitting I will wait upon you, Sir, next Monday to receive your further orders. With the greatest respect, I am, Hona Sir, Your very humble servt.


ROXBURY, March 10th, 1744/5.


For the Honble General William Pepperel, Esq" in Boston.

HONBLE SIR, I cannot help bearing you & the noble design you are upon continually in my heart, which is

* Rev. Nathaniel Walter, minister of the second church in Roxbury, was a son of Rev. Nehemiah Walter of the first church, and was born in Roxbury, Aug. 15, 1711. He graduated at Harvard College, in 1729, was ordained July 10, 1734, and died March 11, 1776. See Memorial History of Boston, vol ii., p. 346. — Eds.

↑ Rev. John Barnard was born in Boston Nov. 6, 1681, and graduated at Harvard College in 1700. In 1707 he accompanied the expedition against Annapolis in the capacity of a chaplain. "While he was attempting to take a plan of the fort, a cannon ball was

entirely with you, and am desirous, since I cannot attend you in the service, to contribute my mite, as I am able, to the advancement of the great undertaking, and therefore hope you will please to forgive me the freedom of sending you a plan of such a manner of encampment as appears to me at present best suited to the security of y army, and the annoiance of the enemy. Something like this, if the ground will admitt of it, or such variations from it as the circumstances of the ground necessitates, seemeth requisite if a regular camp be formed. The wings of the bastions must be distroyed, which the two batteries C C are designed for, that the men may not be cutt off in scaling or storming the town. But I hope you will have better plans from abler hands, and then this will be of no use but to shew my good will, nor need it ever be known from whence it came.

If you will give me leave, I will go on to say, that it seemeth to me an attack upon the Royal Battery so much talked of will be needless, because when that is taken, the town, which is fortifyed, will be still to take; but when once the town is taken all batteries will fall of course, and therefore I should think the whole force should be bent against the town. The heavy artillery will doubtless soon deface their wall, & the bombs distress the inhabitants encumbered with their women & children. And if when you are ready for storming the place the ships of war upon a signal agreed upon should make a feint, as if they designed to attack the batteryes, by appearing before them, it will draw many of the enemy down to them, & leave the fewer to encounter with, & so the town will be the easyer carryed, and probably with the loss of fewer men, if they do not see cause to surrender without storming.

fired at him, which, however, did him no other injury than to cover him with dirt." In July, 1716, he was ordained colleague pastor of the church in Marblehead; and he died there Jan. 24, 1770, in the fifty-fourth year of his ministry. See Mass. Hist. Coll., vol viii. pp. 66-69; Sprague's Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, vol. i. pp. 252-255. — Eds.

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