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Extract of a Letter from one of the Virginia Delegates to his Friend in Williamsburgh, Dated Phildelphia, June 14, 1775

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EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM ONE OF THE VIRGINIA DELEGATES TO HIS FRIEND IN WILLIAMSBURGH, DATED PHILADELPHIA, JUNE 14, 1775.

Col˙ Washington has been pressed to take the supreme command of the American Troops encamped at Roxbury, and I believe will accept the appointment, though with much reluctance, he being deeply impressed with the importance of that honourable trust, and diffident of his own (superiour) abilities. We have determined to keep tea thousand men in Massachusetts-Bay, and five thousand in different parts of the New-York Government, at the expense of the Continent; and probably a larger sum of money will be emitted in order to carry on the war, preparations for which go on rapidly in this place.

It seems likely that some of the newly arrived Generals were intended for the Southern Colonies, but no Troops can be spared from Boston. The Provincials talk much of storming that Town, and it is expected by many.

The Congress will sit long. Adjusting the expenses of each Colony for the common cause, and settling proper funds for the Army, are subjects fruitful of debate, and of the utmost consequence.

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