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. 2

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Author: John Hancock

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CORRESPONDENCE RELATING TO THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION.

From the President of Congress.

Yorktown, 9 October, 1777.

SIR,

It is with the highest pleasure I comply with the order of Congress, in conveying to you the inclosed resolve, expressing the thanks of that body to you for the wise and well-concerted attack upon the enemy, near Germantown, on the 4th instant, and also to the officers and soldiers for their brave exertions on that occasion; and I must request you will communicate to them the distinguished mark of the approbation of their country.

It is indeed true, that the best designs and boldest efforts may sometimes fail of success, through unforeseen incidents, yet is it a source of satisfaction to reflect, in such instances, that every thing has been done to insure success, that human wisdom could devise. Something must still be left to fortune. It is not in mortals to command success. But permit me to say, Sir, you have done more on this occasion; you have deserved it.

Wishing, with the utmost sincerity, that your great and virtuous exertions in the cause of freedom and your country may be crowned with victory, I have the honor to be, with perfect esteem and respect, 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. 2 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), 1–2. Original Sources, accessed July 6, 2022, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=K9I5S5RS3PP9JWS.

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. 2, 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. 2, Freeport, NY, Books for Libraries Press, 1853, pp. 1–2. Original Sources. 6 Jul. 2022. http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=K9I5S5RS3PP9JWS.

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. 2. 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.1–2. Original Sources, retrieved 6 July 2022, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=K9I5S5RS3PP9JWS.