This moment the Boat of the Tamar
Sloop of War appeared off of the Fort & hail'd the Same, with what Troops are in the Fort, ansr:
American Troops_ Question, Who commands them_
] By what authority do you ask it_ Ansr:
By the Governor's_ And I have a Message for Coll.
Motte reply'd he wou'd send an Officer to receive it upon wh:
he sent Capt.
] to whom the Messenger say'd he had a Message for Coll.
Motte from the Govr:
he woud deliver to him if Coll.
Motte, wou'd assure him he might land with safety_ Captain Pinckney say'd he was sent by Coll.
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Motte as soon as he had heard it The[4
say'd he was desired to deliver it to Coll.
Motte himself and begd Capt.
Pinckney to acquaint Coll.
Motte with it_ Coll.
Motte sent for ansr:
Pinckney that he might Land with safety to deliver the Message to Capt.
Pinckney, who wou'd deliver it to him_ that he wou'd not suffer him to come within the Garrison, nor wou'd he go down to receive it_ the Messenger say'd if Coll.
Motte will not allow me to enter the Garrison, nor have the condescendc
on to come down to the Sally Port to receive it, I cannot deliver it to him_ Capt.
Pinckney reply'd, if you'll deliver the Message to me, I'll report it with great exactness to Coll.
Motte_ the Messenger ansd:
I will; but I beg you'll deliver it with very great exactness, as much depends upon it_ The Message is, that the Govr:
desires to know by what authority he took possession of this Fort & by what authority he holds it. Which Message being delivered to Coll.
Motte he immediately returned for ansr:
] that he had taken possession of this Fort & [torn
] holds it by the express command of the Council of Safety of this Province_ The whole of this transaction passd between Coll.
Motte & Capt. Innes
] I must beg you'll give me instructions as soon as possible how I am to act
_ this will be delivered to You by Lt.
] who will wait for your orders._