Letter from the President of Congress to the Philadelphia Committee, requesting, by order of the Congress, that the troops raising for the Flying Camp may be forwarded with the utmost possible expedition



Philadelphia, July 3, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: You are so well acquainted with the critical and alarming state of our publick affairs, that it is unnecessary to use arguments to press you to a compliance with any resolves of Congress calculated to promote the cause of liberty in the United Colonies of America; I am therefore to request, by order of Congress, that the troops you are raising to form the flying-camp may be sent to the city of Philadelphia with the utmost expedition. That they may arrive the sooner, it is the desire of Congress you will send them by battalions, or detachments of battalions, or companies, as fast as raised. I am persuaded the Committee


of Philadelphia will strain every nerve to comply with this requisition of Congress with all the despatch which the infinite importance of the present situation of our affairs requires.

I have the honour to be, gentlemen, your most obedient and very humble servant,

JOHN HANCOCK, President.

To the Committee of Philadelphia.

(Same to the Committee of Chester County, to the Committee of Bucks County, to the Committee of Berks County, to the Committee of Northampton County, to the Committee of Lancaster County, to the Committee of York County, and to the Committee of Cumberland County.)