George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Hancock, 15 May 1777

From John Hancock

Philada May 15. 1777.


I do myself the Honour to enclose you sundry Resolves of Congress,1 accompanied with a Commission for Monsr Armand, which I am to request you will order to be delivered to him, as he is now at Head Quarters.

Ever since the appointment of Brigadiers I have been waiting to be informed of the Dates of their respective Commissions in Order to settle their Rank in making out new ones. But as there is no Probability of my receiving this Information, & the Gentlemen themselves will be at Head Quarters, I must request you will give Commissions to them and ascertain their Rank by the Dates of their original Commissions. I have the Honour to be, with the utmost Esteem & Respect, Sir, your most obedt & very hble Servt

John Hancock Presidt

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

1The enclosed copies of Congress’s resolutions of 10–14 May concern the appointments of Armand and Malmedy as colonels and Jedediah Huntington, Joseph Reed, and Thomas Conway as brigadier generals, the exemption of postal personnel from military duties, a proposal to evacuate American sympathizers from Nova Scotia, a request that GW inquire into the dispute over Maj. Richard Campbell’s commission, and regulations for the quartermaster general’s department. The quartermaster regulations are on a broadside printed by John Dunlap of Philadelphia. The copies of the other resolutions are handwritten (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 , 7:346–49, 351–52, 355–59).

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