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From George Washington to Brigadier General John Sullivan, 17 May 1776

To Brigadier General John Sullivan

New York May 17. 1776

Dr Sir

Your favor of the 14 Instant I received this morning and am exceedingly sorry for the sad reverse of fortune in our Affairs in Canada—they are rather alarming, But I still hope our vigorous exertions will be attended with success, Notwithstanding the present unpromising appearances, & that we shall yet acquire & maintain possession of that Country, so important to us in the present contest.

I have Transmitted the Intelligence to Congress with your Orders from Genl Schuyler,1 whose direction you must follow, till I send you their determination or my commands to the Contrary. I am Dr Sir &c.


LB, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

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