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Letter to the President of Congress, with the intercepted Letters from Virginia


The Committee maturely considered the fore-mentioned Letters, and, esteeming the information contained in them as highly interesting to American freedom,

Unanimously Resolved, That they be sent off by Express to Congress, and that Major Gist be requested to permit an officer to carry them.

Major Gist being accordingly applied to, ordered Lieutenant David Plunket on that service, and directed him to attend the Committee for their orders, who delivered to him the preceding Letters, and one to the Honourable John Hancock, Esq˙, of which the following is a copy, viz:

In Committee, Baltimore, April 14, 1776, 10 o' clock, P˙ M.

HONOURABLE SIR: The enclosed copies of letters were just now received by our Committee,
by express, from the Council of Safety of Virginia, with desire that they might be forwarded to you instantly; indeed, they contain matters, we think, of too much importance to have been delayed a moment. In consequence whereof, we have prevailed on our commanding officer here to appoint Mr˙ David Plunket, on whose prudence and industry we can depend, to wait on you with this; and if your honourable body should think it necessary to take any steps, or give any instructions to the Council of Safety, on the occasion, he will wait your commands.

We have the honour to be, with greatest respect, honourable sir, your most obedient servants.

(Signed by all the Members present.)

To the Honourable John Hancock, Esq˙, President of the Congress, Philadelphia.