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Letter from John Hancock to Richard Caswell
Hancock, John, 1737-1793
August 22, 1777
Volume 11, Pages 585-586

PRESIDENT JOHN HANCOCK TO GOV. CASWELL.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Philadelphia, August 22d, 1777.

Sir:—

The Congress having received intelligence from Virginia that

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the fleet of the enemy were seen near the capes of the Chesapeak, on the 15th inst., and not knowing what may be their views upon the Southern coast, have come to the enclosed Resolve, earnestly recommending to you to have all the naval and military stores removed, with the utmost expedition, to places of greater security. I have the pleasure to congratulate you on the success of Gen'l. Stark, who commanded a party of two thousand mostly militia, in the Northern Department. For the particulars I beg leave to refer you to the enclosed printed account.

I have the honor to be with the greatest respect, Sir,
Your most obed't. h'ble Serv't.,
JOHN HANCOCK,
Presid't.