Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To GOVERNOR JONATHAN TRUMBULL Cambridge, January 20, 1776.

    Sir: Your favor of the 18th. Inst., I received this day for which I return you my thanks.

    Upon receiving the Melancholy Intelligence of the fall of the brave Montgomery and the repulse of our Troops, in their attempt against the City of Quebec; I called a Council of Genl. Officers to determine upon the necessary steps to be taken upon the alarming occasion; of their determination, I wrote you yesterday, to which I beg leave to refer you.

    The early attention, which you and your Honorable Council have paid to this Important business, has anticipated my requisition and claims in a particular manner the thanks of every well wishing American.

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    I am in hopes by this time, that several are on their March, and that with the Troops which will follow from your Government, this and New Hampshire; that our affairs in a little time in that Quarter, will wear a more promising aspect, than what they now do. I am Sir &ca.