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To George Washington from John Hancock, 20 June 1777

From John Hancock

Philada June 20th 1777.


The enclosed Resolves relative to the Army, and therefore necessary for your Information, I have the Honour of transmitting at this Time; and beg Leave to refer your Attention to them.1

The Congress have finished the Commissary’s Department, and it is now in the Press. As soon as it is printed, I will forward sundry Copies for your Use.2

Your Favour of the 13th 14th & 15th Inst.; as also a Copy of your Letter to Genl Arnold, have been received, and are at this Time under the Consideration of a Committee. The Result shall be immediately transmitted. I have the Honour to be, with perfect Esteem and Respect Sir your most obed. & very hble Servt

John Hancock Presidt

Genl Gates is here; I hope he will soon be establish’d in a Command equal to his Merit.

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

1The enclosed resolutions were passed between 16 and 18 June 1777 and are located in 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 , 8:468, 472, 473, 475, 477). Congress’s resolution of 16 June orders Brig. Gen. John Philip De Haas to “immediately repair” to GW’s headquarters. A resolution of 17 June allocates $500 for the erection of a monument in Connecticut to honor Gen. David Wooster, who died on 2 May 1777 after being wounded on 27 April during the British raid on Danbury. Other resolutions of 17 June concern pay for aides-de-camp to brigadier generals, supplying combs for the troops, and the admittance of Col. Abraham Sheppard’s North Carolina regiment to the Continental line. A resolution of 18 June empowers the general officers in the separate departments to order executions or grant pardons of persons condemned to death by general courts-martial without having to report the matter to Congress, or to GW.

2Congress’s committee on establishing the commissary department brought in a lengthy amended report on 10 June 1777, which is in DNA:PCC, item 29 (see also ibid., 433–48). Congress authorized John Dunlap to print the report as a broadside after consideration of the report was completed on 20 June, a copy of which Hancock enclosed in his letter to GW of 24 June.

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