George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Hancock, 25 April 1776

From John Hancock

Philadelphia 25th April 1776


I have Deliver’d in Charge to Mr Hanson & Cox Three Hundred Thousand Dollars for the Service of the Army in Canada, & have directed them by order of Congress to Deliver the same to you, and am to Request you will please to order it to be Sent to General Schuyler at Albany under the Care of an Officer & some of the Troops destin’d for Canada to be Deliver’d General Schuyler.1

Your favrs of 22d & 23d Inst. I last Night Rec’d by Major Palfrey & are now under the Consideration of a Committee.

I Beg leave to Recommend Mr Hanson & Cox to your Notice, & am with Esteem, Sir Your very hume Servt

John Hancock Presidt

The 300,000 Dollars are Pack’d in three Boxes.

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

1Congress approved these funds on 23 April (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 , 4:301). Hancock informed Schuyler of that fact in a short note of this date (DNA:PCC, item 12A). On 29 April at New York, Col. James Reed, whose regiment departed that day for Canada, gave GW a receipt for “three Boxes, said to contain Three hundred thousand Dollars—to be delivered to Genl Schuyler at Albany” (DLC:GW).

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