George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Hancock, 3 September 1777

From John Hancock

Philada September 3d 1777.


I have Nothing in Charge from Congress at this Time, but to transmit the enclosed Resolves, to which I must refer your Attention.1

General Sullivan’s Expedition on Staten Island having ended in the Loss and Defeat of a considerable Number of the Troops under his Command;2 the Congress have directed a Court of Enquiry to be instituted relative to the Expedition.

You will please to order Colonel Richardson[’s] Battalion on such Duty as you may judge most proper.

Your two Favours of the 1st inst. I have been duely honoured with.

I forward herewith a Number of blank Commissions for the Use of the Army in two Bundles, and have the Honour to be, with the utmost Respect Sir, your most obed. & very hble Servt

John Hancock Presidt

LS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 12A.

1Hancock enclosed a resolution of 1 Sept. directing GW to appoint a court of inquiry on John Sullivan’s conduct during his recent raid on Staten Island and a resolution of 2 Sept. empowering GW to dispose of Col. William Richardson’s regiment as he thought proper (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 : 8:700, 706).

2At this place on the manuscript of the LS, the following text is struck out: “and it appearing from some Circumstances that his Conduct is not altogether free from Censure.” The same wording is struck out on the manuscript of the letter-book copy.

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