NEW HAVEN, February 5, 1777.
Extract of a letter from a gentleman in Boston to his friend in this city, [Williamsburg] dated Jan. 1777. I HAVE the pleasure to inform you, that the recruiting for the service three years, and during the war, is uncommonly successful in this state. It swarms with recuiting officers, and many men of influence, not in the military line, exert themselves to promote the enlisting of men. They are confident of having their 15 regiments ready for the field by the middle of March. Large quantities of barrelled beef are already provided, and on the way to Albany, for summer stores to the northern army; and, in short, a general spirit of activity, both in early procuring troops, clothing, tents, and provision, that presages our being able to open the campaign, with a numerous well appointed army.
Virginia Gazette (Purdie) March 14, 1777
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The newspaper publishes encouraging news from Boston about the recruitment of soldiers and stockpiling of goods to clothe and feed them.