JUNE 17, 1775
The Congress met according to readjournment.
The committee appointed
to draught a commission to the general, reported the same, which,
being read by paragraphs and debated, was agreed to and is as
The delegates of the
United; Colonies of New Hampshire, Massachusetts bay, Rhode Island,
Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pensylvania, the Counties of
New-Castle, Kent, and Sussex, on Delaware, Maryland, Virginia,
North Carolina, and South Carolina: To George Washington, Esq.
We, reposing special
trust and confidence in your patriotism, valor, conduct, and fidelity,
do, by these presents, constitute and appoint you to be General
and Commander in chief, of the army of the United Colonies, and
of all the forces now raised, or to be raised, by them, and of
all others who shall voluntarily offer their service, and join
the said Army for the Defence of American liberty, and for repelling
every hostile invasion thereof: And you are hereby vested with
full power and authority to act as you shall think for the good
and welfare of the service.;
And we do hereby strictly
charge and require all Officers and Soldiers, under your command,
to be obedient to your orders, and diligent in the exercise of
their several duties.
And we do also enjoin
and require you, to be careful in executing the great trust reposed
in you, by causing strict discipline and order to be observed
in the army, and that the soldiers be duly exercised, and provided
with all convenient necessaries.
And you are to regulate
your conduct in every respect by the rules and discipline of war,
(as herewith given you,) and punctually to observe and follow
such orders and directions, from time to time, as you shall receive
from this, or a future Congress of these United Colonies, or committee
This commission to continue
in force, until revoked by this, or a future Congress.
By order of the Congress.
Dated, Philada June 17,