George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Hancock, 7 May 1776

From John Hancock

Philadelphia May 7th 1776.


Since I wrote you by Mr Palfrey on the 30th of last Month, I have not been honored with any Commands from Congress relative to your Letters, except the enclosed Resolve1 which I am ordered to forward to you. I have the Honour to be Sir your most obedt and very humble Servant

John Hancock Presidt

LS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 12A.

1Hancock here struck out the words “under the Hand of the Secretary” on both copies of this letter, and on the enclosed copy of Congress’s resolution of 4 May concerning ownership of cannon left in Massachusetts, Hancock struck out secretary Charles Thomson’s signature and signed it himself (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 , 4:327; GW to Hancock, 24 Mar., n.3, GW to Artemas Ward, 13 May, and GW to the Massachusetts General Court, 16 May 1776, and note 1).

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