Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To THE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE Cambridge, December 6, 1775.

    Sir' Copies of the inclosed Letters I have already written to the Governors of Rhode Island and Connecticut and shall do the same to the president of the Congress in New Hampshire; as I conceive our affairs are in a very Critical situation. It was mentioned to me yesterday in conversation, that the Militia of

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this Government, who were ordered in to supply the places of the Connecticut troops, are allowed in to Month of 28 days. The first I highly approved of, because I was unwilling to see any inviduous distinction in pay, the never failing consequence of which is, jealousy and discord. But Sir, if the Genl. Court of this Colony have resolved on the latter, you must give me leave to add, that it aims the most fatal stab to the peace of this Army, that ever was given; and that Lord North himself could not have devised a more effectual blow to the recruiting Service. Excuse me Sir, for the Strength of these expressions. If my information is wrong, (I had it from Genl Heath, who says he had it from a Member of your Court) they are altogether Improper, and I crave your Pardon for them: if right, my zeal in the American Cause must plead my Excuse. I am, etc.