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I have the honor of transmitting such resolves of Congress as have passed since my last, which are either relative to your department, or necessary for your information. The Congress have authorized you to proceed in the exchange of prisoners, agreeably to the cartel at present existing, or such other regulation. as you may think proper to make in the matter, provided the enemy will relax in their treatment of General Lee, and acknowledge him. to be a prisoner of Avar, and as such entitled to be exchanged.
I congratulate you on the arrival of a vessel at this port, from France, with eleven thousand stand of arms in good order, and, I am informed, fit for immediate use. She has brought likewise fifteen hundred gun-locks, and a large quantity of flints. Six thousand eight hundred of the arms are public property. The balance, which belong to individuals, the Congress have empowered the Secret Committee to purchase immediately. I have wrote to General Gates to repair to Ticonderoga, agreeably to the inclosed resolve.
Colonel Clinton was yesterday appointed a Brigadier-General, in consequence of a very warm recommendation from the Convention of New York. As he is an officer of established good character, and is now engaged in obstructing the river, his station at the Highlands will be more convenient, and highly agreeable to the Convention of New York.
Your favor, by General Greene, was duly received, and a Committee appointed to confer with him, the result of which shall be immediately transmitted. I have the honor to be, with the most perfect esteem and respect, Sir,
Your most obedient servant,
JOHN HANCOCK, President.
- 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