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with what men I had left, he did not approve of it, but sig-
nified what did not return to advertise, I shall at my return
give you a list of those who are gone and those who returns
with me — I confess had I known we was to have had a win-
ter's campaign, I would have provided cloths for them, all
that I expected was to have done what was in my power for
the present occasion and to have return'd to the ship in a
short time; agreeable to your Instructions I wait the pleasure
of the Congress, or Marine Board to return, or your orders
for that purpose, yesterday there was 950 Hessens come to
this Town Prisoners, exclusive commissioned officers and it is
reported since there being taken, there is about 300 more
with a Hessian Brigr Genl made Prisoners.
I am Honord Gent.
Your Hble Servt
[Lux and Bowly to Jenifer.]
Sir, Baltimore 31st December 1776.
We made the cable agreable to your order and had it
down upon the wharf, but the Congress having taken
Hammond's schooner for some dispatches, seized upon the
cable for him, as she is to sail immediately and we cannot
make another for some days. Dont blame us for this. We
really cannot help it. We have sent the other Riging you
ordered, and will make the cable as soon as we possibly can
and forward it to Annapolis.
We are Sir your obedient Servants,
Lux & Bowly.