To John Hancock
Head Quarters Cambridge 1st April 1776
This Letter will be deliver’d you by Jonathan Eddy Esq. the Gentlemen from Nova Scotia who I mention’d to you in mine of the 27th Ulto. He seem’d desirous of waiting on the Honorable Congress in Order to lay before them the state of public Affairs, and situation of the Inhabitants of that Province; and as it might be in his power to communicate many things personally, which could not be so well done by Letter, I incouraged him in his design and have advanced him fifty dollars to defrey his Expences—The Acadian accompanies him, and as they seem to be solid, judicious Men, I beg leave to recommend them both to the Notice of Congress,1 and am most respectfully Sir Your most obedient humble Servant
LS, in William Palfrey’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; LB, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Congress read this letter on 10 April and referred it to the committee of the whole (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 , 4:266).
1. For the proposals regarding a military expedition to Nova Scotia that Jonathan Eddy presented to GW and Congress, see a Citizen of Nova Scotia to GW, 8 Feb., and source note, Petition from Inhabitants of Nova Scotia, 8 Feb., and GW to Hancock, 27 Mar. 1776. On 27 April Congress appropriated $250 to Eddy and $100 to his Acadian companion Isaiah Beaudreau for their services but offered no money, troops, or supplies for the proposed expedition (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 , 4:314).