George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Hancock, 13 May 1776

From John Hancock

Philadelphia May 13th 1776.


I have delivered in Charge to Captn Lenox and Co. four Hundred Thousand Dollars, contained in six Boxes, for the Use of the Troops in New York, and Massachusetts Bay. The particular Disposition of it with Regard to the latter of these Colonies, I cannot at present ascertain. I will therefore lay the Matter before Congress this Day, and inform you by tomorrow’s Post of the Result.1

The Secret Committee have been so extremely engaged by a Multiplicity of Business, that they have not yet furnished me with the State of the Powder sent to the Eastward. In a few Days, I expect a Report will be made upon the whole of your Letters under the Consideration of Congress.

The Success of the application to the Committee of Safety of this Colony for Arms, is still unknown, as no Report has been made.2

As soon as I have it in my Power, I shall, with the greatest Pleasure, transmit you the Resolutions of Congress upon this and all other Occasions. I have the Honour to be Sir your most obedt & very hble Servt

John Hancock President

The Powder goes forward this morning.3

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

1Although Hancock made the same promise in his letter to paymaster general William Palfrey of this date, Congress apparently never considered the question of allotting this sum between the forces in the two states (Smith, Letters of Delegates description begins Paul H. Smith et al., eds. Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774–1789. 26 vols. Washington, D.C., 1976–2000. description ends , 3:670–71, and note 1). Capt. David Lenox (c.1754–1828) commanded a company in the 3d Pennsylvania Regiment. Wounded and captured at Fort Washington in November 1776, he was exchanged in May 1778 and served until 1779 as an aide-de-camp to Gen. Anthony Wayne with the rank of major.

2For GW’s request for the loan of arms from the Pennsylvania committee of safety, see his first letter to Hancock, 5 May 1776. See also Hancock to GW, 10 May 1776.

3See Continental Congress Secret Committee to GW, 11 May 1776. This postscript is in Hancock’s writing.

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