the subject, and it is our opinion that the request will be complied with. But whatever may be the result of the communication from Gen. Cushing, you will be satisfied it is not in our power to enter into any arrangement with you respecting her.
From yours, &c.
Isaac Williams, } William Lord, } Magistrates. Alexander G. Smith, } Joseph Smith, Warden. Geo. Hubbard,} Burgesses. Amos Denison,}
To this letter, Capt. Hardy replied verbally, that he should allow till 12 o'clock for Mrs. Stewart to be brought on board. At this time the principal part of three regiments of militia had arrived, and the town was perfectly secure against a landing.
At 3 o'clock, the bomb ship commenced throwing shells into the town; and being out of reach of our cannon, the General withdrew the militia, excepting a guard of 50 men who were ordered to patrol the streets for the extinguishment of fire, should any happen. The bombardment continued till evening.