Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 1

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Author: John Hancock

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From the President of Congress.

Philadelphia, 24 June, 1777.

SIR,

Your favor of the 23d, containing the agreeable intelligence that the enemy had retreated from Brunswick, I had the honor of receiving yesterday afternoon, and shall this morning, with the greatest pleasure, lay it before Congress. Give me leave to congratulate you very sincerely upon this event; as it must be principally ascribed to the prudence and wisdom of your operations, which had so embarrassed the enemy as to reduce them to the necessity of acting in the manner they have done. Should they be compelled finally to abandon the Jerseys, which I flatter myself will be the case, it will be the most explicit declaration to the whole world, that the conquest of America is not only a very distant, but an unattainable object. We have seen them, after penetrating some miles into our country, precipitately driven back, and in a moment obliged to evacuate towns, after keeping possession of them only a few months.

I do myself the honor to inclose you the resolves of Congress respecting the Commissary’s Department, together with a list of the persons appointed to carry it into execution. I beg leave to request your attention to them, and to the other resolves herewith transmitted.

Your favor of the 20th instant was duly received, and immediately communicated to Congress. I have the honor to be, with the greatest esteem, Sir,

Your most obedient and very humble servant,

President JOHN HANCOCK.

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Chicago: John Hancock, "From the President of Congress.," Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 1 in Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, ed. Jared Sparks (Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1853), 390–391. Original Sources, accessed April 21, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DB2AKLCWTUUSBBS.

MLA: Hancock, John. "From the President of Congress." Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 1, in Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, edited by Jared Sparks, Vol. 1, Freeport, NY, Books for Libraries Press, 1853, pp. 390–391. Original Sources. 21 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DB2AKLCWTUUSBBS.

Harvard: Hancock, J, 'From the President of Congress.' in Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 1. cited in 1853, Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, ed. , Books for Libraries Press, Freeport, NY, pp.390–391. Original Sources, retrieved 21 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DB2AKLCWTUUSBBS.