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From George Washington to John Hancock, 18 October 1777

To John Hancock

Head Quarters [Worcester Township, Pa.]
18th October 1777.


I do myself the honour to transmit you the inclosed most interesting and agreeable intelligence which I have this moment recd from Genl Putnam.1 I can scarce doubt but Genl Gates has sent you an Express, but lest he, from the important Business in which he was engaged, should not have done it, I have immediately forwarded it, that you might not be debarred from so great a pleasure an instant longer than was necessary. I have the Honor to be Sir Yr most obt Servt.

Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Congress read this letter on 21 Oct. (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 , 9:824–25).

1For this intelligence regarding Burgoyne’s surrender at Saratoga, see Israel Putnam to GW, 16 Oct., and note 3, and GW to Christopher Greene, this date, and note 1.

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