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Congress of New-Hampshire to New-York Congress



Exeter, New-Hampshire, June 2, 1775.

GENTLEMEN: I am directed by the Provincial Congress now convened in this Town, to advise you that the


Resolution of the Continental Congress, respecting the demolition of the fortress at Ticonderoga, is just come to hand; that we have taken the same into consideration, and as we esteem that fortress to be at a place truly important to the welfare of all these Northern Colonies in general, and to this Colony in particular, the thoughts of its demolition casts a damp on the spirits of our people, as we apprehend our western frontiers will be thereby greatly exposed to the depredations of the Canadians and Indians, if (as we have reason to fear) they should incline to annoy us. And not being acquainted with the reasons for passing that order, we have thought it our duty to entreat that respectable body again to take that matter into their consideration, And, if they shall think proper, to order that the said fortress may be kept in possession of the Colonies; and we would earnestly entreat your concurrence with us in said request. At the same time you may be assured that no Colony on this Continent is, or can be more determined than we are, to abide by the determination of that respectable body.

In behalf of the Provincial Congress aforesaid, I am, gentlemen, your most obedient humble servant,


To the President of the Congress at New-York.

P˙ S˙ By an enclosed Resolve of this body, you will find we are providing against any attempt from Canada on our adjacent frontier. We earnestly desire your approbation of this measure, and concurrence; with it, by adding such numbers of troops from your Colony, as in your wisdom and concern for the general good, you may think proper.

M˙ T.