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Letter from the President of Congress to the Commissioners in Canada: The late distur bances in Canada have for some time occupied the most serious attention of Congress who have determined to increase our military force in that country



Philadelphia, April 26, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: The late disturbances in Canada, owing to an insurrection of a number of the inhabitants, have, for some time, occupied the most serious attention of Congress; in pursuance of which, they have come into sundry resolves, calculated both to increase our military force in that country, and to allay the fears and apprehensions of the people. Of this latter kind is the resolve I herewith transmit, by order of Congress, to you.

In addition to the four battalions now on their march to Canada, the Congress have, since the receipt of General Schuyler' s last letter, ordered six more to be sent there as soon as possible.

With sincere wishes for your health, and success in your important engagements, I have the honour to be, with every sentiment of esteem and regard, gentlemen, your most obedient and very humble servant,

JOHN HANCOCK, President.

To the Honourable Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Chase, and Charles Carroll, Esquires, Commissioners in Canada.