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Letter from the President of Congress to General Thomas

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PRESIDENT OF CONGRESS TO MAJOR-GENERAL THOMAS.

Philadelphia, March 6, 1776.

SIR: The situation of Canada being, at this juncture, an object of the greatest importance to the welfare of the United Colonies, the Congress have been anxious, to fix upon some General Officer, whose military skill, courage, and capacity, will probably insure success to the enterprise. In Major-General Thomas they flatter themselves they will not be disappointed. Accordingly, I do myself the honour to enclose your commission; and shall only add, that Congress have the firmest reliance on your exerting yourself to the utmost.

I beg leave to refer you to General Washington for the necessary instructions on your expedition; and am, sir, your most obedient, humble servant,

JOHN HANCOCK, President.

To Major-General Thomas.

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