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Letter from the President of Congress to General Washington: Too much despatch cannot be used in sending the Battalions to Quebeck; it frequently happens, in important affairs that a day or even an hour proves decisive


Philadelphia, April 20,1776.

SIR: Your several letters of the 24th and 27th of March, the 1st, 4th, and 15th instant, I had the honour of receiving in the order of their dates; by the last of which I learn with pleasure that you had safely arrived at New-York. The dispositions you made to expedite the embarcation of the troops were highly proper and judicious.

Too much despatch cannot be used in sending the battalion to Quebeck, as it frequently happens, in conducting such Important affairs, that a week, a day, even an hour, proves decisive, and the greatest advantages are thereby either gained or lost forever.

The resolutions of Congress, as far as they relate to yourself, or those of your letters that have come under their consideration, I do myself the honour to transmit herewith, and am, sir, with every sentiment of esteem and regard, your most obedient and very humble servant,

JOHN HANCOCK, President.

To His Excellency General Washington, at New-York.