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Letter from Wm. Whipple to Meshech Weare



Philadelphia, May 17, 1776.

SIR: The enclosed resolution of Congress should have gone yesterday, but I had sent off my letter before I discovered the omission. Congress have reserved to themselves the appointment of Field Officers, but they are nominated by the Assembly, Convention, or Committee of the Colony where the regiments are raised. It will therefore be necessary that the names of the Field Officers should be transmitted here, in order that the commissions may be filled up. The President will forward to you blank commissions for the other officers.

When I think of the number of arms and men gone from the Eastern Colonies, I cannot help feeling for their situation, if a powerful attack should be made there; but I doubt not proper steps are taken to furnish arms. I think every person who can do anything towards making arms should be employed in that business. Britain will no doubt exert her utmost efforts for our destruction: but if they are repulsed in the manner I expect this campaign, I am very confident they never will attempt another. This summer will, in all probability, be the warmest America ever saw. May the Supreme Government of the Universe protect and defend us, guide our counsels, and prosper our arms.

I am, with great respect, your most obedient servant,


To the Honourable Meshech Weare, Esq.

P˙ S˙ May 18. — Colonel Bartlett arrived last evening very much fatigued.