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General Washington to Continental Congress



[Read November 13, 1775.]

Cambridge, November 2, 1775.

SIR: I could not suffer Mr˙ Randolph to quit this camp without bearing some testimony of my duty to the Congress, although his sudden departure (occasioned by the death of his worthy relative, whose loss, as a good citizen and valuable member of society, is much to be regretted) does not allow me time to be particular. The enclosed return shows at one view what reliance we have upon the officers of this Army, and how deficient we are like to be in subaltern officers. A few days more will enable me to inform the Congress what they have to expect from the soldiery, as I shall issue recruiting orders for this purpose so soon as the officers are appointed, which will be done this day, having sent for the General Officers to consult them in the choice. I must beg leave to recall the attention of the Congress to the appointment of a Brigadier-General, an officer as necessary to a Brigade as a Colonel is to a Regiment, and will be exceedingly wanted in the new arrangement. The Proclamations and Association, herewith enclosed, [folio 1246,] came to my hand on Monday last. I thought it my duty to send them to you. Nothing of moment has happened since my last.

With respectful compliments to the members of Congress, I have the honour to be, Sir, your most obedient and most humble servant,


The Honourable John Hancock, Esq.