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This moment an express is arrived from Maryland, with an account of near two hundred sail of Mr. Howe's fleet, being at anchor in the Chesapeake Bay. A copy of the letter, brought by express, I inclose to you, and to which I refer you. In consequence of this advice, Congress have ordered the immediate removal of all the stores and prisoners from Lancaster and York, in this State, to places of greater safety.
Congress have this moment come to the inclosed resolution, to which I beg leave to refer you; and, indeed, I need not add, as the whole matter is submitted to you. I will not detain the express only to say, that I am, with every sentiment of esteem and respect, Sir,
Your very humble servant,
JOHN HANCOCK, President.
- 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