644 | To John Corner

    Boston July 4 1768


    Having by Reason of certain Rumours of their being an Intention in some desperate Men to attack or surprise his Majestys Castle William found it necessary to give Orders to the honble Thomas Hutchinson Esqr Captain of the said Castle to take proper Measures for defending & securing the said Castle; and having among other Things directed him to apply to you for your Aid and Assistance in such Case: I hereby transmit to you a Copy of the Order relating thereto and desire that if such Application should be made to you, you would comply with the Request and assist by all Means in your Power in the Defence and Protection of the Castle. And for that Purpose I desire that you would so station his Majesty’s Ships under your Command which can be spared for this Service, as shall best serve for securing the Passages to the said Castle and repelling those who shall attempt to assail the same. And if such Attempt should be made in so sudden a Manner as not to Leave Time for the Commander of the Castle to apply to you, as aforesaid, I must desire that you would take the same Measures for the Defence of the Castle, as if such Application had been made to you.

    I am Sr &c.

    Captn Corner of the Romney

    L, LbC     BP, 5: 273.

    In handwriting of Thomas Bernard. Enclosure not found. Variant: ADM 1/483, f 127 (L, Copy). Enclosed a copy of FB’s orders to the captain of Castle William, Jamaica Plain, 13 Jun. 1768 (for which see CO 5/766, f 207).