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From George Washington to John Hancock, 8 May 1782

Newburgh May 8th 1782


As the plan of Campaign must depend entirely on the means that are put into my hands, of which I have scarcely a conjectural knowledge at this time—and, on the force of the Enemy at their different Posts—I shall be obliged to your Excellency (as the communication between Boston & Hallifax is open to Flags, which frequently pass) for the most accurate account which you can obtain, covertly, of the enemys Number at Hallifax & its dependencies—strength of their Works—temper of the Inhabitants—and such other intelligence as may be useful in a Military point of view—the same of Penobscot—I want, if possible, to have the whole before me at one view, that I may point my operations to such objects as I have means to accomplish—your compliance with this request & as soon as it is convenient to you will very much oblige.Sir Yr Excellys most Obedt & most Hble Sev.

G. W——n

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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