Yesterday we received, by Mr. Lory, the melancholy account of the total destruction of the Town of Suffolk. About 1,500 of British soldiers took possession of the Fort at Portsmouth without any opposition. There were 28 vessels of the Enemy which came into the Harbor at Portsmouth, 17 of which are Square rigged, among which is a ship of 74 guns, some with fifty, and three Row Gallies with heavy mettle, which do not draw more than six feet water.
Five hundred of these men made a forced march, and took possession of Suffolk, in which were 2,000 Barrels of Continental Pork, with 1,500 Barrels of Flour, &c. Mr. Lory was an Eye witness to what is wrote above. The Enemy took, Burnt and other ways destroyed all the vessels and other property which came within their reach, and marched through the country unmolested. By the affidavit of five of their men, who deserted
The Town was never in a more defenceless condition, as we have no cannon, and a very few men. We can assure your Excellency that the Town is almost clear of the small Pox, and the Magistrates will be very particular in having every house cleansed. But should the Militia be apprehensive of any danger from that Quarter, they may be well accommodated at Fort Caswell and in some other houses in and near Town, where no person has had the Small Pox. We wish your Excellency & family health & happiness,