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From George Washington to John Hancock, 31 July 1777

To John Hancock

Coryells [N.J.] July 31st [1777] 10 OClock A.M.


I am this Moment Honor’d with yours of 5 OClock this morning, & have accordingly sett the Army in Motion One Division had Cross’d the Deleware the day before Yesterday, & I am in hopes the whole of the Troops now here will be able to reach Philada tomorrow Evening Lord stirlings Division lies just in my rear & will move on with us I propose setting off for your City as soon as I can get the Chief part of the Army over. I am with greatest respect Sir Your mo. Obedt Hhble servt

Go: Washington

LS, in John Fitzgerald’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169. Congress read this letter on 1 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 , 8:595). GW also signed the addressed and docketed cover of the LS.

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