Letter from Ensign Clayes to General Washington

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ENSIGN CLAYES TO GENERAL WASHINGTON.

May 12, 1776.

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY: I make bold to acquaint your Excellency that, being the officer of the guard at the old City-Hall over the prisoners confined by order of the Provincial Congress, I was very disagreeably surprised by a very tumultuous noise, occasioned by the mob bringing a certain Charles Oliver Bruff, on suspicion of being a Tory, who is now in my custody; but as I have no orders to receive him the said Bruff, most humbly refer the matter to your Excellency for further orders. Your Excellency' s complying with my request will greatly oblige your Excellency' s most devoted, humble servant,

PETER CLAYES,

Ensign in Colonel Nixon' s Regiment.

To His Excellency George Washington, Esq.