From John Hancock
Philadelphia June 17th 1776.
I wrote you by Express yesterday, and enclosed you all the Resolutions of Congress to that Time, since which Nothing has occurred.1 This will be handed you by Captain Bradford, who has in Charge the Money destined for the Army in Canada, three Boxes of Silver Dollars containing 21,725½, and three Boxes of Paper Dollars containing 187,000.2
I am to request you will please to discharge the Philadelphia Guard, and order a fresh Guard to proceed with the Money to General Schuyler, or the Paymaster Mr Trumbull3 in such Manner as you shall judge best, and either in the same Waggon, or another, as you shall direct. Please to forward by the Officer of the Guard, the enclosed Letter.4 I have the Honour to be Sir, your most obedt and very hble Sevt
John Hancock Presidt
LS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 12A.
2. William Bradford, Jr. (1755–1795), a son of the prominent Philadelphia printer William Bradford (1722–1791), was at this time brigade major of Col. Daniel Roberdeau’s battalion of Philadelphia associators. For Hancock’s instructions regarding the sending of the six boxes of money to New York, see his letters to Roberdeau, 16 June, and Bradford, this date, in 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 , 4:231, and n.1. Bradford was appointed a deputy mustermaster general of the Continental army on 10 April 1777 and served in that capacity with the rank of lieutenant colonel until 1 April 1779 when he retired on account of ill health (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 , 7:252, 13:403). Resuming the legal studies that he had abandoned in 1775 to enter military service, Bradford was admitted to the bar later in 1779 and began practicing law in York, Pennsylvania. Through the influence of Joseph Reed, who was then chief executive of Pennsylvania, Bradford became the state’s attorney general in 1780. He filled that office until 1791, when he was made a justice of the Pennsylvania supreme court. In 1794 GW appointed Bradford attorney general of the United States.
3. Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., was deputy paymaster general for the northern department from 1775 to 1778.
4. Hancock probably enclosed the letter that he wrote to Schuyler on this date promising that additional hard and paper money for the army in Canada would soon be sent to him (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 , 4:257–58).