To John Hancock
Head Quarters Camp at Cross Roads [Pa.]
Aug. 17. 1777
Col. Portail for himself and in behalf of the Gentlemen with him has made different applications to me for horses and servants; and I have been in a manner under the necessity of furnishing them by way of loan till they can be otherwise provided. They expect these things to be found them at the public expence, and informs me that the matter is now before congress, whose determination they look for every moment. I have taken the liberty to mention this, because I should be glad, if any thing of the kind is intended, that it might be done as soon as convenient, or if it is not that they may be informed their expectations are not well-founded. This will put them upon providing for themselves, and prevent their repeating their applications to me on a subject, which I am not authorised to do any thing in. I have the honor to be With great Respect Sir Your most Obedt servant
LS, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; Df, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Congress read this letter and referred it to the Board of War on 18 Aug. (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 , 8:649–50). The portion of the addressed and docketed cover of the LS that apparently contained GW’s signature has been torn off. The marquis de Lafayette delivered this letter to Hancock (see GW to Hancock, 18 Aug. 1777).