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TO THE PRESIDENT OF CONGRESS.
The bearer, Mr Rogers, is a native of Maryland, whom I fortunately met in the hotel I some months lodged in.
He was in Paris finishing his education, and by my advice accepted the office of aid-de-camp to Mons. du Coudray, and accompanies him out to America. I have received many kindnesses from him, and, confident of his integrity, have intrusted him with many things to relate to you viva voce, especially should my despatches fail. He has a general knowledge of the history of my proceedings, and what I have at times to struggle with. As he speaks French tolerably, he will I conceive prove a valuable acquisition, at a time when such numbers of foreigners are crowding to enter your service.
I am, wishing him a speedy and safe arrival, with the most profound respect for the Congress, etc.
- John Hancock
- The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution. Vol. I., Jared Sparks, 1829