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Letter from the President of Congress to Richard Peters: Informing him of his appointment as Secretary to the Board of War and Ordnance



Philadelphia, June 14, 1776.

SIR: I am to inform you that the Congress were yesterday pleased to appoint you Secretary to the Board of War and Ordnance, with a salary of eight hundred dollars a year. Should you accept the office, you will please to acquaint me with it; and that you may enter upon your duty as soon as possible, you will apply to the Committee, who will give you the necessary directions. The gentlemen on the Committee are Mr˙ J˙ Adams, Mr˙ Sherman, Mr˙ Harrison, Mr˙ Wilson, Mr˙ Rutledge. The nature and importance of the office are such that the most constant attendance and unremitting application are indispensably required in the execution of it.

I am, sir, your most obedient and very humble servant, JOHN HANCOCK, President.

To Richard Peters, Esq.