George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Hancock, 3 August 1777

From John Hancock

Sunday [Philadelphia] P.M. 3d Augst 1777


The Inclos’d Resolves have just pass’d Congress,1 to which I beg leave to Refer you, and am with much Esteem Sir Your most Obedt Servt

John Hancock Presidt


1The enclosed resolutions of this date all relate to the northern department. The first resolution directs GW to appoint a general officer to replace Maj. Gen. Philip Schuyler as commander of the northern department. The second resolution requests the executive powers of the states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania to call out militia reinforcements for the northern department, to serve until 15 Nov. 1777. A final resolution suspends its resolution of 1 Aug. recalling the brigadier generals from the northern department until GW “shall judge it may be carried into effect with safety” (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 , 8:600–601).

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