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Letter from the President of Congress to the Convention of Pennsylvania



Philadelphia, July 17, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: The Congress, previous to the meeting of the Convention of the State of Pennsylvania, have received information of such a nature as induced them to appoint a Committee, who are under an injunction of secrecy, to make the necessary inquiry; but as this State is mostly interested in the subject of the inquiry, Congress have thought proper


that the matter should be made known to a Committee of your body. I have it, therefore, in charge to request that you will be pleased to appoint a Committee from your Convention, to be under an injunction of secrecy, to confer with the Committee of Congress on this important matter. Having the honour to be of the Committee of Congress, I should be glad to be informed of the names of such persons as you shall appoint on the Committee, that a time and place may be fixed on for the conference.

I have the honour to be, with respect, gentlemen, your most obedient and very humble servant,
JOHN HANCOCK, President.

To the Convention of Pennsylvania, now sitting.