George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Hancock, 1 September 1777

To John Hancock

Wilmington [Del.] 1 Septr 1777.


At half after Twelve OClock, I was honored with Your’s of this Morning, with Its several Inclosures. I shall make inquiry, respecting the Workmen in the Militia and will order All to be detached, that can be spared.1

The Intelligence from the Northward is very interesting, and, I hope, will be succeeded by Other fortunate Events. I am sorry Genl Arnold did not arrive sooner; If he had, it is probable, the Enemy would have suffered considerably in their retreat. I flatter myself, that we shall have nothing more to apprehend in that Quarter this Campaign, and that the disgrace and dissappointment they have met with, will produce a favourable change in the dispositions of the Indians. I have the Honor to be Sir Yr Most Obedt sert

Go: Washington

P.S. You will be pleased to send the Letter for Colo. Hughes by the Eastern post Tomorrow.2

LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; Df, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The postscript is not included on the draft or the Varick transcript. Congress read this letter on 2 Sept. and referred it to the committee of intelligence (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 , 8:703–4).

2For GW’s letter to Hugh Hughes of this date, see GW to Gates, 1 Sept., n.2.

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