Primary tabs

General Washington to Continental Congress



[Read October 25, 1775.]

Camp at Cambridge, September 30, 1775.

SIR: The Reverend Mr˙ Kirkland, the bearer of this, having been introduced to the honourable Congress, can need no particular recommendation from me; but as he now wishes to have the affairs of his mission and publick employ put upon some suitable footing, I cannot but intimate my sense of the importance of his station, and the great advantages which have and may result to the United Colonies from his situation being made respectable. All


accounts agree that much of the favourable disposition shown by the Indians may be ascribed to his labour and influence. He has accompanied a chief of the Oneidas to this camp, which I have endeavoured to make agreeable to him, both by civility and some small presents. Mr˙ Kirkland being also in some necessity for money to bear his travelling charges and other expenses, I have supplied him with thirty-two Pounds, lawful money. I cannot but congratulate the honourable Congress on the happy temper of the Canadians and Indians, our accounts of which are now fully confirmed by some intercepted letters from officers in Canada, to General Gage and others in Boston, which were found on board the vessel lately taken, going into


Boston with a donation of cattle and other fresh provisions for the Ministerial Army.

I have the honour to be, with great respect and regard, Sir, your most obedient humble servant,