639 | From Thomas Gage


    New York June 25th 1768.


    As it is not possible from Reports to know the true situation of affairs at such a Distance as between this Place and Boston, I write you a separate Letter on the subject of the Tumults that have happened at Boston; and in Case the state of Affairs is such, as to require the aid and Assistance of His Majesty’s Forces, in order to save time in your Application to me for them, I send you here with a Letter for the officer Commanding the King’s Forces in Nova Scotia, which you will make use of, as you see occasion.

    I have the honor to be with great Regard Sir, your most obedient, humble Servant

    Thos. Gage

    His Excellency Govr. Bernard Boston

    ALS, RC     BP, 11: 209-210.

    Endorsed by FB: Boston [Genl Gage] d June 25 1768 r July 2. Variants: CO 5/86, f 136 (L, Copy); Gage (L, AC). Enclosed orders to Col. William Dalrymple at Halifax placing him in a state of readiness to respond to any request from FB for military assistance (Appendix 8). FB replied with No. 641.