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The Massachusetts Congress to the New-Hampshire Congress



In Provincial Congress, Watertown,

May 29, 1775.

"Resolved, That the following Letter be immediately sent to the Provincial Congress of New-Hampshire."

GENTLEMEN: Enclosed are copies of Governour Trumbull' s letter to this Congress, enclosing a resolution of the Continental Congress, respecting the fortresses at Ticonderoga, Crown Point, &c˙, and the resolution of the General Committee of Association of New-York thereon, and a letter from the Connecticut Delegates, from New-York, to their Assembly.

The measure taken by the Continental Congress, if carried into execution, will, in our humble opinion, affect those Colonies east of Hudson River, in the highest degree. By that you will see that all the lands and waters between the south end of Lake George and Crown Point, together with all Lake Champlain, will be left open for Canadians and savages, if they should be so disposed, to ravage all that country east, and distress all our new settlements.


We have addressed the Continental Congress upon the necessity of keeping a fortress at or near Ticonderoga, and have also most pressingly desired the Colony of Connecticut to exert themselves to effect the maintaining such a fortress. We have also written to New-York upon the matter.

We now lay the same advice before you, that you may have opportunity to take such measures as you shall think proper. As your Colony is so deeply affected, you will, from a concern for that, and a general regard for the common safety, which you have at all times appeared to have, we trust, take the matter up, and, by decent and respectful addresses to the Continental Congress, endeavour to prevail with them to alter a measure so dangerous in its effects.

We are, gentlemen, your most obedient and very humble servants,

JOS˙ WARREN, Preset pro tem.