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I have nothing in charge from Congress, at this time, but to transmit the inclosed resolves, and to re quest your attention to them.
The information that the enemy have, at different times, compelled our troops, who are prisoners with them, to labor, and that a number are at this time actually engaged in throwing up some works at and near Kensington, is of such a nature that Congress think it incumbent on them to inquire into the truth of it. They have, therefore, directed that a flag be immediately despatched to General Howe, to know whether there is any foundation for the report; and I am to request you will send a flag for this purpose as soon as you conveniently can. M. Le Balme having desired leave of Congress to resign his commission as Inspector of the cavalry, they have accordingly complied with his request. I have the honor to be, with the utmost respect, Sir,
Your most obedient and very humble 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 II., Jared Sparks, 1853