From John Hancock
Philada July 29th 1776
I have been honour’d with your favrs of 22d 25th & 27th Inst.—I hope by to morrow’s Post to Transmitt you Answers to the whole of your Letters which are yet unanswer’d—The exceeding warm Season, & the constant Attention of Congress to Business the last week, induc’d Congress to Adjourn from Friday Eveng to this morning, I shall directly lay yor Letters before them, & request their immediate Attention to them.1
Congress having Indulg’d me to make a Demand of Money from Mr Brimer who I Judge to be with Mr Howe on Staten Island, I have Sent the Bill to Mr Palfrey & desir’d him to apply to you, & I Request you will please to suffer him to Conduct this matter for me.2 I have the honor to be with much Esteem, Sir Your very hume servt
John Hancock Presidt
1. Later on this date Hancock wrote GW: “Since I sent off my letter of this morning the Congress has met, before whom I laid your letter, and I have the pleasure to inform you the Congress readily agreed to your having another Aid de camp” (ALS, DLC:GW). Although Hancock refers here only to GW’s letter to him of 25 July, Congress also read the other two letters from GW and referred them to the Board of War as was its usual practice (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 , 5:613–14).
2. Hancock on this date wrote William Palfrey, a former business associate who was now paymaster general of the Continental army: “I have only time to tell you that Congress have indulg’d me in makg a Demand of the Money for the Inclos’d Bill, do Conduct it for me, apply to the Genl., I have wrote him. If you get the Money Transmit the hard Cash here as it is wanted here” (Smith, Letters of Delegates description begins Paul H. Smith et al., eds. Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774–1789. 26 vols. Washington, D.C., 1976–2000. description ends , 4:560–61, n.2). There is no mention of this matter in 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 .
Palfrey went aboard Lord Howe’s flagship the Eagle off Staten Island on 30 July, and on the following day he wrote Hancock: “I could not learn anything of Mr Brymer, but left a letter for him with his Lordship, which I had previously prepared in case I should not meet with him. His Lordship told me he would cause enquiry to be made, and wherever he was, the letter should be safely delivered” (MH: Jared Sparks Collection).