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General Ward to Continental Congress



[Read July 11, 1775]

Head-Quarters, Cambridge, June 30, 1775.

SIR: I have this day received your favour of the twenty-second instant, in which you are so kind as to inform me of the General Officers that the honourable Continental Congress have appointed.

I wish, Sir, the appointments in this Colony may not have a tendency to create uneasiness among us, which we ought, at this critical time, to be extremely careful to avoid.

I have, Sir, to acknowledge the receipt of the commission as a Major-General, and do heartily wish that the


honour had been conferred upon a person better qualified to execute a trust so important. It would give me great satisfaction if I thought myself capacitated to act with dignity, and to do honour to that Congress which has exalted me to be second in command over the American Army. I hope they will accept my sincere desire to serve them, and my most grateful acknowledgments for the honour conferred upon me, and pray they may not be wholly disappointed in their expectations. I always have been, and am still ready to devote my life in attempting to deliver my native Country from insupportable slavery.

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

To the Honourable John Hancock, Esquire, President of Congress, &c.

P˙ S. Colonel Gardner is wounded, I hope not mortally.