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Massachusetts Assembly to President of Congress



Watertown, July 3, 1776.

SIR: The Court acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 28th ultimo, with the resolution of Congress; and having taken them into consideration, find, that as their Committees are now out on the business of raising and marching the three thousand men required of them by the Congress for the department of Canada, as also the three thousand destined for New York, that it is not probable that the two battalions for the same service that are requested by Congress can be raised with that despatch that the exigency of the case requires. Therefore they beg leave to propose to the honourable Continental Congress that they would be pleased to give out directions to his Excellency General Washington to order two of the regiments now stationed at Boston to march immediately to Canada; and if they shall see cause so to do, this Court will take effectual measures that their numbers shall be immediately supplied. We are, &c.

To the Honourable John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress.