George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Hancock, 17 June 1776

To John Hancock

New York June the 17th 1776


I beg leave to inform Congress that General Wooster has repaired to Head Quarters in obedience to their Resolve transmitted him, and shall be extremely glad If they will give me such further direction about him, as they may conceive necessary—he is desirous of seeing his family in Connecticut as I am informed having been a good while from It—I shall wait their Instructions as to his future employment.1 I am Sir with sentiments of much esteem Yr Most Obt Sert

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LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; LB, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; copy, DLC: Hancock Papers; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Congress read this letter on 20 June (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 , 5:468).

1For Congress’s resolution of 6 June recalling David Wooster from Canada, see Hancock to GW, 7 June, and note 1, and GW to Wooster, 9 June. For its resolution of 21 June permitting Wooster to go home to Connecticut, see Hancock to GW, 21–22 June, and note 5.

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