[dateline] Phyladelphia June 20th. 1775
[salute] Dr Sir
We send you for your Comfort the Generals Washington and Lee with Commissions for
Ward and Putnam: together with a Vote to Support about twenty thousand Men, for the
present, fifteen Thousands in Mass. and 5000 in New York.
We have voted to issue Bills of Credit to the amount of two Million Dollars, and must,
I suppose, vote to issue a great deal more.1
I hope a good account will be given of Gage, Haldiman,2
Burgoine, Clinton and How, before Winter. Such a Wretch as How, with a Statue in
Honour of his family in Westminster Abbey, erected by the Massachusetts to come over
with a Design to cutt the Throats of the Mass. People, is too much.3
I most Sincerely and cooly, and devoutly wish that a lucky Ball, or Bayonet may make
a Signal Example of him, for a Warning to Such, unprincipled, unsentimental Miscreants
for the future.
I think We shall have an ample Variety of able experienced officers, in our Army.
Such as may form Soldiers and officers, enough to keep up a Succession for the Defence
of America for ages. Our Camp will be an illustrious School of military Virtue and
will be resorted to and frequented by Gentlemen in great Numbers, from the other Colonies
as such—great Things, are in the Womb of Providence—great Prosperity or adversity,
perhaps both: the latter first perhaps.
My Love and Compliments and Duty where due, especially to your Family, Mr. Cranch's
and my own. I am your Friend.