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Letter from Lord Stirling to the President of Congress



[Read January 15, 1776, referred to a Committee.]

Elizabethtown, January 11, 1776.

Sir: In consequence of the orders I sent to Lieutenant-Colonel Winds, in the night, between the 9th and 10th instant, he sent two officers, attended by a proper guard, to wait upon Governour Franklin, who, at first, refused paying any attention to the message, which kindly invited him to dine with me at this place; but, finding it in vain to act that part, he ordered up his coach, in order to proceed to this place. But Chief Justice Smyth, thinking it was possible to put the matter on an easier footing for the Governour, prevailed on him to give his parole not to depart from his house, on any pretence whatever, not even if a rescue should be offered by Captain Parker, or any other person. This induced Lieutenant-Colonel Winds to suspend the Governour' s journey, till he could hear from me, and the Chief Justice came Charge d' affaires, to negotiate the business here. I have given the Lieutenant-Colonel orders to let the Governour remain at his house, on the conditions stipulated, until I have the orders of Congress to the contrary.

I am, with great regard and esteem, your most obedient, humble servant,

To the Honourable John Hancock.