March 8, 1776


Congress passes a resolution prohibiting the enlistment of Indians without the prior permission of both Congress and the national council of the tribe to which they belong.

In Canada, the first reinforcements reach Benedict Arnold.

The Boston Selectmen write General Washington, informing him that General Howe has communicated his intention to leave Boston, and would like to agree to leave Boston without destruction if the Rebels agree not to fire upon them.  “As his Excellency General Howe is determined to leave the Town with the Troo⟨ps⟩ Under his Command. a Number of the Respectable Inhabitants being very Anxious for its preservation & Safety, have Applyed to General Robertson for this purpose, who at their request has communicated the same to his Excellency Genl Howe, who has assured him that he has no intention of destroying the Town Unless the Troops under his Command are molest⟨ed⟩ during their Embarkation, or at their departure by the Armed force without, which declaration he gave Genl Robertson leave to communica⟨te⟩ to the Inhabitants; If such an Opposition should take place we have the greatest reason to expe⟨ct⟩ the Town will be exposed to Intire destruction. a⟨s⟩ our fears are quieted with regard to Genl Howe’s Intentions. we beg we may have some Assurances that so dreadfull a Calamity may not be brought on by any measures without—as a Testimony of the truth of the Above we have signed our Name⟨s⟩ to this paper Carried out by Mesrs Thomas & Jonathan Amory & Peter Johonnot who have at the earnest Intreaties of the Inhabitants through the Lt Governor Sollicited a flag of Truce for this purpose.”

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