to the Island of Bermuda in order to seize on the Gunpowder in the British Magazines there, but although it had been carried off previous to our arrival, I ran great risque of being Captured, there being at the time two British Ships of War at that Island. On the 9th of October I returned to Rhode Island, and continued cruising in the Rivers and Bay until the 9th of December when I received orders from Congress to proceed with the Sloop under my immediate command to Philadelphia On my arrival Congress Honored me with the Command of the Ship Columbus and placed me under the orders of Commodore Hopkins. On the 17th of February after having been froze up in the Delaware we sailed on an Expedition against New Providence. Soon after our arrival there in March, we invaded and took the Fort.
(the circumstances attending which are well known.) possessing Ourselves of 450 Tons of Cannon Shot and Shells; articles then much wanted for the defence of this Country, which were applied to its use and were of Signal Service on various [-->page 4]