Letter to Lieut. Lindsay, 1775

This letter to Lieutenant Nath. Lindsay, under orders from Washington, directs him to take his company of Marblehead soldiers to Cape Ann under the command of John Glover.

Lieut. Nath. Lindsay

Marblehead Sept. 6, 1775

Sir, you are hereby directed to take under your Command thirty four private Soldiers detached1 from the Two Companies Stationed in the Town, Together with Lieut. Robt. Cloutman as Second, two Sergeants, two Corporals & one drummer and proceed Immediately to Cape Ann, agreeable to orders received from his Excellency General Washington, on your march to refresh them at any Publick house2 with what is necessary at the United Colonies Expense, on your arrival at Cape Ann to put your Selves under the Command of Col. John Glover. I am Sir your humble Servant.

Francis Felton


For Refreshment of the Company give the Inn holder a recpt3 with direction to Call on the Company of General Col. Trumball for pay.

1 Detached = separated from
2 Publick house = tavern
3 Recpt = “receipt” – note promising payment


“Letter to Lieut. Lindsay” (1775). Marblehead Museum and Historical Society, Marblehead, MA.