Extract of a Letter

from Newport, Rhode Island,
dated May 10 [1775]1

Last Friday the Falcon, Captain [John] Lindsey [Linzee], took two sloops at Bedford, with intention of sending them to the Islands near the Vineyard, to carry from thence a parcel of sheep to Boston. The Bedford people resented this conduct in such a manner as to immediately fit out two sloops, with thirty men on board, and last Saturday retook them both, with fifteen men on board. In the action there were three of the men of war sailors badly wounded, one of whom is since dead. The other thirteen they immediately sent to Taunton Jail.

1. Force. comp., American Archives, 4th, II, 608.
Source: Naval Documents of the American Revolution, I, 303