The following is evidently a rough-draft copy of the foregoing report to Gen. Gage.
Extract from a letter written by Lord Percy to Gen. Harvey, London, dated Boston, April 20, 1775.
* * * I therefore pressed on to their relief as fast as good order and not blowing the men would allow. * * * The rebels were in great numbers, the whole country having collected for 20 miles around. * * * I ordered the Grenadiers and Light Inf'y to move off, covering them with my Brigade and detaching strong flanking parties, which was absolutely necessary, as the whole country we had to retire through was covered with stone-walls, and was besides a very hilly, stony country. In this manner we retired for 15 miles under an incessant fire, which, like a moving circle, surrounded and followed us wherever we went till we arrived at Charlestown at 8 in the evening * * * having expended almost every cartridge. You will easily conceive that in such a retreat, harassed as we were on all sides, it was impossible not to lose a good many men. The following is an account of them: 65 killed, 157 wounded, 21 missing, besides 1 officer killed, 15 wounded, and 2 wounded and taken prisoners.