Plymouth Anxiously Prepares for Revolution

[jpshare}On March 27, 1775, John Torrey wrote a letter to the Massachusetts committee of safety asking for militia to guard Plymouth Harbor.  It was just a few weeks before a shot would be heard round the world from Concord, Mass. Anxiety and fear ran rampant through the towns of Plymouth, Kingston and Duxbury.

Wrote Torrey:plymouth

The Selectmen and Committee of Correspondence of the Town of Plymouth beg leave to represent the peculiar circumstances of this Town, and to desire such aid and protection as you in your wisdom shall think proper to direct.

We have an open harbour, on which lay the Towns of Plymouth, Kingston, and Duxbury, extending twelve or fifteen miles, in almost every part of which it is extremely easy for Troops to land, commit ravages, and retreat, unless a sufficient force is continually on duty to watch and report them. Ever since the late alarm, the inhabitants of this Town (apprehensive of danger) have been on almost constant duty, without being able to attend to their private affairs, the consequence of which roust produce great distress, if not ruin, unless they can be relieved. Another very peculiar circumstance attending us is, that in case we should be attacked, no immediate aid can come to our assistance from the back; country, we being surrounded by a wilderness, extending several miles, without any inhabitants at all and several more miles with very few and scattering ones

We therefore; pray your consideration of these matters, and that you would order the Minute Regiment under the command of Colonel Cotton, be posted here, and that proper provision be made for them.

We are, gentlemen, with great respect, your very humble servants. By order of the Committee and Selectmen of the Town of Plymouth.

JOHN TORREY, Chairman.

Committees of safety began to form in 1774 to keep an eye on the royal government. By 1775 they functioned as provisional governments of the colonies. Massachusetts formed the colonies’ first committee of safety in the fall of 1774, with John Hancock  its chairman. The committee had the power to call out militia and impose penalties for failing to respond to the call.

British troops did not ravage Plymouth.

To Top