From John Hancock
Philadelphia June 11th 1776
Your Favour of the 10th Inst. containing the most interesting Intelligence was received this Day, and immediately laid before Congress.
In Order to expedite the March of the Militia destined for New York, I have sent, by Order of Congress, Expresses to the several Colonies that are requested to furnish Troops for that Place. Copies of my Letters on the Occasion, I do myself the Pleasure to enclose to you.1
I am in Hopes, the alarming Situation of Affairs will induce the neighbouring Colonies to think of their Danger, and to adopt the only effectual Means of saving themselves from Destruction.
The Congress have this Day ordered Colonels Shee and Magaw with their Battalions to repair immediately to New York, and they are to begin their March tomorrow.2
Mr Chace & Mr Carrol arriv’d this Day, by their Accott there has been most shocking mismanagement in that Quarter.3 I hope our Affairs will soon be upon a more reputable footing. I have the honour to be with Esteem, Sir Your most Obedt Servt
John Hancock Presidt
Please to order the two Letters for the Convention of New York to be Deliver’d.4
LS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 12A. The last paragraph of the main body of the letter and the postscript are in Hancock’s writing.
1. Hancock enclosed a copy of his letter of 4 June to the governments of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland and a copy of his letter of this date to the Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey legislatures (DLC:GW; see also 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 , 4:136–37, 189–90, and 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 , 5:431).
3. Hancock is referring to Canada.
4. Hancock is apparently referring to his circular letter of this date to certain legislatures and another letter of this date specifically to the New York provincial congress. See 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 , 4:189–90.