Letter of Capt. Mariot Arbuthnot, 1756 Apr. 11.
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Gent: Your favor of the 6th inst. I received yesterday and very sorry I am that the destruction of his majesties ship renders it impossible fer me to wait upon you in person. But I would not neglect the earliest oportunity to inclose you all the orders I have received that you may judge how impossible it is fer me to recede from them. At my arrival here in October 1754 I repaired to Williamsburgh with the inclosed orders from the admiralty in my pocket to lay before you but as the ship came in a wreck without mast and I found you so deeply engaged in the securing your country I thought it map apropos to break in upon your endeavers. Soon after which Mr.Ripell arrived the commander in chief which rendered a second attempt unecessary. Before he left this [place?] Admiral Boscawen came to the continent and distributed orders that all the [station?] ships and others repair to him at Hallifax which they all did except the Guarland, oweing intiely to the unhealthiness of her crew. The aforesaid Admiral in the fall left us and apointed Capt. Spry comander in chief a copy of whose orders you have inclosed which supersedes all former orders.