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Letter from William Whipple to Meshech Weare, with the Resolutions of Congress authorizing reprisals



Philadelphia, April 12, 1776.

SIR: Enclosed you have some papers containing the late resolutions of Congress. Blank commissions, &c˙, will be forwarded by the President. I hope Colonel Bartlett will soon be here; I expect he will set out before this reaches you. If the accounts cannot be got ready, a petition from the General Court, or, if they are not sitting, from the Committee representing the exertions of the Colony in the common cause, and the disadvantages of emitting such large sums in Colonial bills, will have a very good effect, and, I am inclined to think, would obtain a grant of about two-thirds the sum the Colony is in advance.

Congress have been so exceedingly engaged, I have not been able to call their attention to the report of the Committee on the application of your Committee, but hope I shall very soon be able to transmit their determination.

I am, with great respect and esteem, sir, your most obedient servant,


To the Honourable Meshech Weare.