George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Hancock, 20 June 1777

From John Hancock

Philada June 20th 1777.


The enclosed Resolves relative to the Army, and therefore necessary for your Information, I have the Honour of transmitting at this Time; and beg Leave to refer your Attention to them.1

The Congress have finished the Commissary’s Department, and it is now in the Press. As soon as it is printed, I will forward sundry Copies for your Use.2

Your Favour of the 13th 14th & 15th Inst.; as also a Copy of your Letter to Genl Arnold, have been received, and are at this Time under the Consideration of a Committee. The Result shall be immediately transmitted. I have the Honour to be, with perfect Esteem and Respect Sir your most obed. & very hble Servt

John Hancock Presidt

Genl Gates is here; I hope he will soon be establish’d in a Command equal to his Merit.

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

1The enclosed resolutions were passed between 16 and 18 June 1777 and are located in 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 , 8:468, 472, 473, 475, 477). Congress’s resolution of 16 June orders Brig. Gen. John Philip De Haas to “immediately repair” to GW’s headquarters. A resolution of 17 June allocates $500 for the erection of a monument in Connecticut to honor Gen. David Wooster, who died on 2 May 1777 after being wounded on 27 April during the British raid on Danbury. Other resolutions of 17 June concern pay for aides-de-camp to brigadier generals, supplying combs for the troops, and the admittance of Col. Abraham Sheppard’s North Carolina regiment to the Continental line. A resolution of 18 June empowers the general officers in the separate departments to order executions or grant pardons of persons condemned to death by general courts-martial without having to report the matter to Congress, or to GW.

2Congress’s committee on establishing the commissary department brought in a lengthy amended report on 10 June 1777, which is in DNA:PCC, item 29 (see also ibid., 433–48). Congress authorized John Dunlap to print the report as a broadside after consideration of the report was completed on 20 June, a copy of which Hancock enclosed in his letter to GW of 24 June.

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