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Ethan Allen to New-York Congress



Ticonderoga, July 20, 1775.

RESPECTABLE GENTLEMEN: When I reflect on the unhappy controversy which hath many years subsisted between the Government of New-York and the settlers on the New-Hampshire Grants, and also contemplate on the friendship and union that hath lately taken place between the Government and those its former discontented subjects, in making a united resistance against ministerial vengeance and slavery, I cannot but indulge fond hopes of reconciliation. To promote this salutary end I shall contribute my influence, assuring your Honours, that your respectful treatment, not only to Mr˙ Warner and myself, but to the Green Mountain Boys in general, in forming them into a battalion are they them duly regarded, and I will be responsible that they will retaliate this favour by boldly hazarding their lives, if need be, in the common cause of America.

I Hope no gentleman in the Congress will retain any


preconceived prejudices against me, as, on my part, I shall not against any of them; but as soon as opportunity may permit and the publick cause not suffer thereby, shall hold myself in readiness to settle all former disputes and grievances on honourable terms.

I am, Gentlemen, with the greatest respect, your devoted, most obedient humble servant,


To the Honourable Provincial Congress, New-York.