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General Wooster to President of Congress



[Read March 4, 1776.]

Montreal, February 13, 1776.

SIR: Since writing the letter to Congress enclosed with, this, I have been considering of the force intended by Congress to be sent into this country. Perhaps I may be mistaken, but I cannot but be of opinion that the Ministry will send a great force into this Province in the Spring, and our every thing depends upon our having a force upon the spot superior to them. In that case we shall keep the Canadians in our interest, otherwise we may depend upon their being our enemies. They will think it necessary to exert themselves against us, in order to make their peace with their former masters. I need not mention to you the almost infinite importance of keeping this Province. Mr˙ Walker and Mr˙ Price will tell you what dependance is to be placed in the Canadians. I could wish that ten thousand men might be pushed into this country, by the first of May, which will be a respectable army. Much depends upon the good or ill success of the first encounter, should there be any. I hope, sir, that vigorous exertions for keeping this Province will be properly represented to Congress. Quebeck must be taken before May; yet we have neither proper artillery nor ammunition; however, a sufficient number of men of resolution, I hope, will effect it.


I am, sir, with the greatest respect and esteem, your most obedient and very humble servant,


To the Honourable John Hancock, Esq˙, President, &c.