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The General' s Answer


The General' s Answer.

"GENTLEMEN: I feel myself so sensibly affected by this publick and friendly address, that whilst my heart overflows with sentiment? of gratitude, I want words properly to convey my thanks.

"The honour you do me in the approbation which you are pleased to express of my appointment to a military command, confirms me in the pleasing reflection, that I shall experience your assistance in a continuance of those generous exertions, by which you have already so conspicuously manifested your love for your Country, and your zeal for its cause.

"I most sincerely and unfeignedly deplore with you the unhappy occasion which has forced America to have recourse to arms for her safety and defence. Ambitious only to aid in restoring her violated rights, I shall most cheerfully return my sword to the scabbard, and, with alacrity, resume the employment of civil life, whenever my constituents shall direct, or whenever a happy reconciliation with the Parent State shall take place.

"That indulgent Heaven may guide us through this tempestuous scene, and speedily restore peace, harmony, and mutual confidence to every part of the British Empire, is the warmest wish of my heart.


"Albany, July 9, 1775."