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Your several favors to the 30th ultimo, inclusive, I have had the honor of receiving, in the order of their dates.
From the inclosed resolves, you will perceive that the Congress have appointed a committee to collect and arrange the evidence relative to the evacuation of Ticonderoga, which will be afterwards transmitted to you, that a court-martial may be thereupon instituted for the trial of the General Officers who were in the Northern Department when the evacuation took place.
The great demand for arms to equip the militia, who are called into service, has induced the Congress to pass the inclosed resolve, directing that a number of workmen, conversant in the business of repairing firelocks, should be immediately detached from the militia, to be employed in repairing the arms in this city, there being between two and three thousand that in a short time may be rendered fit for use.
I have the pleasure to congratulate you on our further success in the Northern Department, in raising the siege of Fort Schuyler. The enemy, on the approach of General Arnold, fled with the utmost precipitation, leaving behind them their tents, ammunition, provision, &c. As I forward herewith several letters for you from that quarter, which I make no doubt contain an account of the matter, I beg leave to refer you to them for further particulars. I have the honor to be, with the greatest respect, Sir,
Your most obedient, and 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