George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Hancock, 4 October 1776

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

Inclos’d you have Col. Shepard’s Commissn.3 The Vacancy of Col. in room of the late Col. Stephenson is order’d to be kept for Mr Morgan, agreeable to yor Recommendation.4

LS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 12A. The postscript of the LS is in Hancock’s writing.

1These 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).

2The clerk inadvertently wrote “than” on the manuscript.

3GW forwarded this commission to Shepard with a brief covering letter to him of 6 Oct. (ALS, MWeA).

4For GW’s recommendation of Daniel Morgan for the vacant colonelcy of the Virginia and Maryland rifle regiment, see GW to Hancock, 28 September. Morgan became colonel of the 11th Virginia Regiment in November.

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