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Letter from John Hancock to Artemas Ward, 22 June 1775

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Congress Room Philada. June 22d. 1775

Honble Sir

In my last I inform'd you
that this Congress had Appointed George
Washington Esqr. General & Commander
in Chief of all the Forces Rais'd or to be
Rais'd by the United Colonies; that
Gentleman takes his Departure to
morrow morning from this City in
order to Enter upon his Command,
I the rather mention the Circumstance
of his Departure, that you may
Direct your Movements for his
Reception --

I have the Honor to
Transmitt you a Commission from
this Congress appointing you First
Major General & Second in Command

of the Forces of the United Colonies,
you will please to Acknowledge
the Receipt of it --

I wish you the Divine
protection, & Success in all your
undertakings, and am with Respect,
Sir Your most Obed Servt.

John Hancock Presidt.


Hon Major General Ward


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