From John Hancock
Philada August 4th 1777.
I have it in Charge from Congress to inform you, that they have this Day appointed General Gates to the Command of the Army in the Northern Department, and to direct, that you immediately order him to repair to that Post1—Any Instructions that may be necessary, shall be sent after him with the utmost Expedition. I have the Honour to be, with the greatest Respect Sir your most obed. & very hble Servt
John Hancock Presidt
LS, DLC:GW; copy, NHi: Gates Papers; copy, DNA:PCC, item 12A.