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Letter from John Hancock to Cornelius Harnett
Hancock, John, 1737-1793
July 30, 1776
Volume 10, Page 681

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Letter from John Hancock President of the Continental Congress to the North Carolina Council of Safety.

Philadelphia, July 30th, 1776.


The Congress having received Information from the State of North Carolina that the Cherokees had committed Hostilities against the Inhabitants thereof, and that the President of that State had thought proper to carry the war immediately into the Heart of the Enemy's Country; I am directed by the Congress to inform you of their Request that you will afford all necessary assistance to, & co-operate with the State of South Carolina in carrying on with vigor the intended Expedition,—that Justice may be done for Injuries sustained, and Peace be established with the Savages in that Country.

I have the Honor to be Sir most respectfully
Your very obed Servt
JOHN HANCOCK, President.