George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Hancock, 26 July 1777

From John Hancock

Philada July 26th 1777


I have the Honour to transmit sundry Resolves of Congress for your Information and Direction, to which I beg Leave to refer your Attention.1

Lieutentant Colonels Meigs and Barton having distinguished themselves by their Enterprizes against the Enemy, the Congress, as an Acknowledgment of their Bravery and good Conduct, have ordered an elegant Sword to be presented to each of them.2

The Congress having empowered you to appoint Mr Robert Erskine (a very ingenious Gentleman) or any other Person you may think proper, Geographic and Surveyor of the Roads, you will be pleased to carry the Resolve into Exec[u]tion agreeably to the Terms of it.

Your several Favours to the 22d instant have been duly received and laid before Congress.

We have not yet heard any Thing of the British Fleet since it sailed from Sandy Hook. I have the Honour to be with the greatest Respect, Sir your most obed. & very hble Sevt

John Hancock Presidt

P.S. 11 O’Clock A.M. I have just received your Favour of the 25th which shall be laid before Congress.

LS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 12A. The LS is docketed in part “Answered,” but no reply from GW mentioning this letter has been found.

1The enclosed resolutions, passed by Congress on 25 July 1777, concern contracts for supplying the army with “beer, cyder, vegetables, soap, vinegar and sour crout,” an increase in the size of the soap ration, and the auditing of the army’s accounts, as well as the matters discussed in the second and third paragraphs of this letter (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 , 8:579–80).

2Lt. Col. Return Jonathan Meigs led the successful expedition against the British on Long Island on 23 May 1777, and Lt. Col. William Barton was in charge of the detachment that captured British major general Richard Prescott at Rhode Island on the night of 9–10 July (see ibid., Joseph Spencer to GW, 11 July, and Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., to GW, 27 June; see also Hancock’s letters to Barton and to Meigs, both this date, in 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 , 7:377–78).

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