Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To TIMOTHY PICKERING, JUNIOR Cambridge, February 1, 1776.

    Sir: Your favor of yesterday I received and am sorry to hear, that the Quota of Militia, which the Town of Salem was to

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furnish by Resolve of the Honorable General Court, cannot be had. The generous tender of Services made by you, Sir, and the rest of the Volunteers claims a return of my sincere thanks; -- should I have occasion to call upon them, I shall do it; at present I wish them to continue at Salem and to hold themselves in readiness. I am, Sir, etc.