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Letter from Robert Howe to [John Hancock]
Howe, Robert, 1732-1786
March 17, 1776
Volume 11, Pages 287-288

[From Letters of Genls. Sullivan & Howe No. 160 p 344.]

Williamsburg 17th March 1776


I am honoured with your letter Inclosing a Commission appointing me a Brigadier General in the Army of the United Colonies,—Devoted to the cause of America I feel no wish so ardent, no

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ambition so strong, as to be able to contribute to its service and support—With pleasure therefore I accept the Important trust, and this you beg leave to convey to your Honourable Body my Greatful thanks for this Distinguishing mark of their favour, which by my strenous endeavours and utmost efforts I hope in some measure to deserve. The Battalions here being not yet Compleat, nor all the Commission filled up, puts it out of my power to make you at present the return you request, which I shall be happy to forward to you the moment I can.

I have the Honour to be with the Greatest Respect Sir
Your most Obedient
Humb Servt

(Endorsed) No 1. Robert Howe
17th March 1776