From John Hancock
Philada Octr 4th 1776.
The enclosed Resolves will inform you of the Steps the Congress are taking to provide for the Army1—they are so explicit that2 I need only refer your Attention to them—and indeed this is all I have Time to do at present. By General Mifflin who will set out tomorrow or next Day, I shall do myself the Pleasure to write you fully. I have the Honour to be with the greatest Esteem, Sir your most obed. & very hble Sert
John Hancock Presidt
LS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 12A. The postscript of the LS is in Hancock’s writing.
1. These resolutions of 2 Oct. concern the procurement of various supplies for the army including wagons, horses, oxen, forage, lumber, nails, tools, knapsacks, kettles, and tents; the authorization of a wagonmaster, a deputy, and twenty wagon conductors; the sending of blacksmiths, harness makers, and wheelwrights to camp; William Shepard’s promotion to colonel; and the denial of Schuyler’s request to resign his commission (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 , 5:839–41).
2. The clerk inadvertently wrote “than” on the manuscript.
3. GW forwarded this commission to Shepard with a brief covering letter to him of 6 Oct. (ALS, MWeA).