Governour Cooke to Massachusetts Assembly

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GOVERNOUR COOKE TO MASSACHUSETTS ASSEMBLY.

Providence, December 2, 1776 — past 12 o' clock at night.

HONOURABLE GENTLEMEN: I have just received undoubted information that a large fleet of square-rigged vessels was seen this morning between Block-Island and Montauk, steering for Newport. When the letters were writing to me from Colonel Noyes and Colonel Sturton, eleven sail were plainly discovered, and when the expresses came away several more hove in sight. I am mustering the Militia of this State, and must earnestly entreat you not to lose a moment' s time in assembling a force to march immediately to the assistance of this State, and act as the exigency of affairs shall require. I also give this information by express to Governour Trumbull, and desire you to forward the enclosed immediately.

I am, in great haste, respectfully, your Honours' most obedient, humble servant,

NICH' S COOKE.

Honourable General Court of the Massachusetts-Bay.