From John Hancock
Philada July 11th 1776.
I do myself the Honour to inform you, that your several Letters to this Time, have been duely received in the Order of their Dates.
I now enclose sundry Resolves, to which I must beg Leave to request your Attention.1
Agreeable to the Resolve herewith transmitted, I have enclosed Mr Anderson’s Letter to you, and wrote you on the Subject. He will present you the Letter himself.2
The Postmaster having established a double Post in Obedience to the Resolve of Congress, a Post will, after Monday next, leave New York every Morning, subject however to be detained, or hastened whenever you think the Public Service requires it.3
It is with the greatest Pleasure I inform you, that the Militia of this Colony are in Motion from one End to the other. Several Companies marched yesterday; and a much greater Number, I expect, will now march every Day, until the whole are gone. A most laudable Spirit seems to have taken Place, and I am persuaded, our Exertions will exceed what I originally apprehended.
To that great and good Being who “poureth Contempt on Princes, and weakeneth the Strength of the mighty” I beg Leave most ardently to recommend you, and the Cause, you are entrusted to defend. I have the honor to be with much Esteem, Sir Your most Obedt hume Servt
John Hancock Presidt
LS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 12A.
1. Hancock enclosed two pages of resolutions, one dated 9 July and the other 10 July. Some of the resolutions on the second page actually were passed on 8 July, however. Several resolutions concern arrangements for the flying camp and the Pennsylvania militiamen who were marching to New Jersey. The other resolutions deal with the raising of Col. Hugh Stephenson’s rifle regiment, William Palfrey’s promotion to lieutenant colonel, the appointment of a committee to investigate a prisoner cartel, the safekeeping of prisoners at Lancaster, Pa., and the exemption of postmasters from military duty (DLC:GW; see also 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 , 5:525–26, 528–31).
2. See Hancock to GW, 10 July. Congress’s resolution of that date referring Ephraim Anderson and his letter to Congress of 9 July to GW is in 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 , 5:531.
3. Desiring more frequent communications from GW’s headquarters, Congress resolved on 5 July that the postmaster general be directed to establish immediately expresses between Philadelphia and New York and that GW “be desired to send off despatches to Congress every day” (ibid., 522; see also Abraham Clark to William Livingston, 5 July, 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 , 4:391).