George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Hancock, 10 November 1775

From John Hancock

Philadelphia Novr 10th 1775


By order of Congress I have the Honour to forward you the Inclos’d Resolutions this moment come into.1 The suddeness of this order and your Zeal for the Service supercedes all necessity of Recommending this measure to your particular Notice, have only to Add that Congress leave the Appointment of the persons to you.

A Variety of Business has Occurr’d, which has prevented a final Determination upon the Report of the Committee of Conference, as soon as perfected, the Result shall be Transmitted you. I have the honour to be with the utmost Respect and Esteem, Sir Your most Obedt servt

John Hancock President


1Hancock enclosed three resolutions passed this day, two of which concerned a proposed expedition to Nova Scotia and the third authorized the raising of two battalions of marines. See the enclosure signed by Hancock in DLC:GW and 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 3:348. The first of the two resolutions on Nova Scotia is quoted in Instructions to Aaron Willard and Moses Child, 24 Nov. 1775.

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