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You will see, from the inclosed resolves, which I do myself the pleasure of forwarding, in obedience to the commands of Congress, that they have bent their whole attention to our affairs in Canada, and have adopted such measures, as, in their opinion, are calculated to place them on a better and more reputable footing for the future.
The most unfortunate death of General Thomas having made a vacancy in that department, and the service requiring an officer of experience and distinction, the Congress have thought proper to appoint General Gates to succeed him. And I am to request you will send him into that Province, to take the command of the forces there, as soon as possible; and that you direct him to view Point-au-Fer, and to order a fortress to be erected there, if he shall think proper.
My opinion on the resolve of the 25th May was well founded ; Congress having since determined, as you will find by a resolve herewith transmitted, that you are to employ the Indians wherever you think their services will contribute most to the public good.
I shall write to the Colonies of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, to request them to author ize you to call on their militia, if necessary. My time will not permit me to do it now, as the post will set out directly, and the inclosed resolves were not passed till late yesterday evening.
I have the honor to be, Sir, your most obedient and very humble servant,
JOHN HANCOCK, President.
P, S. A Mustermaster-General, in the room of Mr. Moylan, will be appointed this day or to-morrow, and a Deputy will afterwards be sent into Canada.
I beg you will think of the Eastern Department, with respect to General Officers, when your very important concerns will admit.
- John Hancock
- Correspondence of the American Revolution; Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Volume I., Jared Sparks, 1853