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President of Congress to General Schuyler



Philadelphia, February 6, 1776.

SIR: Your letters of the 22d and 25th of last month, together with the narrative of your proceedings in Tryon County, and the several enclosures, have been duly received and communicated to Congress, in answer to which I am directed to forward you the enclosed resolutions.

It is with great pleasure I inform you that the prudence, zeal, and temper manifested in your late expedition, met with the warmest approbation of Congress, though, at the same time, I cannot forbear expressing my grief for your relapse. I hope your exertions in the cause of your country will not make you forget the necessary attention due to your health.

As the operations in Canada, which are so important in their consequences, cannot be carried on without a large supply of specie, the Congress have recommended it to the several Colonies to employ proper persons for collecting all the gold and silver they can, to be exchanged for Continental bills, and have recommended to you to encourage sutlers to attend the Army in Canada, and the money arising therefrom to be disposed of agreeable to the resolve enclosed, which mode will be very advantageous, and doubt not your exertions to effect it.

I must refer you to the resolutions of Congress herewith


transmitted, and being much pressed for time cannot add but that I am, with much esteem, sir, your very humble servant, JOHN HANCOCK.

To Major-General Schuyler, at Albany.