To John Hancock
New York July 17th 1776
Col. Hand having informed me that he means to purchase Regimentals for his Battallion in Philadelphia, I must take the liberty to request you will have the Nine Thousand dollars resolved by Congress on the 12 Ulto to be paid him here for that purpose, to be advanced to him or his order there.1 The state of our Chest is extremely low and many pressing demands against It, besides as the Cloaths are to be paid for there, It seems unnecessary to send Money from hence—An Account of the Advance may be transmitted in order to a stoppage from the Mens pay. I have the honor to be Sir Your Most Obed. St
LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; LB, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. On 12 June Congress resolved “that 9,000 dollars be advanced to Colonel Hand, to purchase an uniform for the rifle regiment, the said sum to be stopped from the pay of the said regiment” (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 , 5:432).