The twelve deputies having come in, and having been examined in regard to the pillage of Alden's sloop, the old excuse forthcoming that they were afraid of the savages (300 or 400 of 11 persons). They have produced a paper signed by Alden, exculpating them. Alden states that he understood all that the paper contained was a declaration that he did not know of the inhabitants inviting the savages, that no habitant took any goods (although they were bought cheap from them afterwards), and apparently spoke in his favor, but he believes that if they had made the least resistance, nothing would have been easier than to prevent the outrage. These excuses not satisfactory, to Mr, Alden or himself.
Glad to know that they had no part in pillaging Alden's sloop: Hlopes that they will continue their good behavior.
(signed.) R. Philipps
Ap. 12. Annapolis.
Phílipps to the Board of Ordnance.
Encloses examination of Lt. Washington (on repeated complaint of Mascarene). Jealousy and umbrage among different corps. Has daily to overlook things which he should not, for the sake of peace. P. is "tender of every mans bread." Washington to be left to the Board to judge or reprimand. Keeps a different sort of discipline among his own people. P. has no reason to alter his previous recommendations. Engineer has done nothing since the fall but small jobs, repairing chimneys in these tottering buildings. Expects the sloop from Boston, and to go on a survey with the Engineer (Mascarene).