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President of Congress to General Washington



Philadelphia, July 1, 1776.

SIR: I wrote you by the express on Saturday last, since which nothing has occurred worthy your notice. The sole reason of troubling you with this is to acquaint you, that in consequence of your orders to Captain Peters, he proceeded with Major Rogers to this city, and called on me on Saturday last, and in the evening of that day I relieved him of his charge, and put Major Rogers under guard at the barracks, where he now remains, the Congress having, by a particular appointment, had under consideration a momentous matter this day, which prevented their attention to Major Rogers. My next will inform you, I hope, of some very decisive measures.

Being much engaged, I can only add my best wishes for your health and success; with respects to your worthy lady. I am, sir, your very humble servant,

JOHN HANCOCK, President.

To His Excellency General Washington.

P˙ S˙ In justice to Captain Peters, I must say he has conducted exceedingly well.