George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Hancock, 7 November 1775

From John Hancock

Philadelphia 7th Novr 1775


I am suddenly Call’d upon by the Congress to Dispatch an Express to you, which gives me time only to Inform you that the Congress having Taken into consideration the Report of the Committee appointed to Confer with you, have come to severall Resolutions; which by their order I here Inclose1—They have not yet gone thro’ the Report, when Acted upon, the Resolutions they may Adopt will be Transmitted you by Express.

Your Letter of the 30th ulto No. 11, just Rec’d & laid before Congress,2 but I am Directed not to Detain the Express. I have the Honour to be with the utmost Respect Sir Your most Obedt Servt

John Hancock Presidt


1On 4 and 6 Nov. Congress approved a variety of resolutions concerning the Continental army based on recommendations of the committee of conference that met at Cambridge from 18 to 24 October. The copy of those resolutions enclosed by Hancock is dated 6 Nov. and is signed by him and attested by Charles Thomson (DLC:GW). See also JCC, description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends 3:321–25, 328, 330–35, where the resolutions passed on 6 Nov. appear in the journal entry for 7 November.

2See ibid., 3:330.

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