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Letter from the President of Congress to General Washington, with Mr. Wiebert, a French Engineer



Philadelphia, July 1, 1776.

SIR: This will be delivered to you by Monsieur Antoine Felis Wiebert, a French gentleman, who brings such ample recommendation of his skill as an engineer, that the Congress are desirous of having him placed in a situation where he may have it in his power to show it; and indeed this is all he requests himself, being very willing, after his abilities shall be put to the trial, that his future character and promotion in the American Army should depend on the proofs he may give of his capacity and qualifications. I am, therefore, to request you will employ him in such way as you shall judge will best conduce to the good of the service and answer Mr˙ Wiebert' s desire.

I have the Honour to be, sir, your most obedient and very humble servant,

JOHN HANCOCK, President.

To His Excellency General Washington, New-York.