George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the Executive Committee of the Continental Congress, 31 December 1776

From the Executive Committee of the Continental Congress

Philada Decembr 31st 1776


We have the honor to enclose herein sundry resolves of Congress just received from Baltimore by express,1 we have barely taken time to read them over and finding them so important we wou’d not delay the express one moment, we find by these resolves your Excellencys hands will be Strengthened with very ample Powers & a new reformation of the army seems to have its origin therein, happy it is for this Country that the General of their Forces can safely be entrusted with the most unlimited Power & neither personal security, liberty or Property be in the least degree endangered thereby, We shall loose no Time in executing the matters assigned us by these resolves & are most truly Your Excellencys obt Servts

Robt Morris

Geo. Clymer

Geo. Walton

LS, in Morris’s writing, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 133.

1Copies of the resolutions of 27 Dec. that were enclosed in Hancock’s letter to GW of 27 Dec. apparently were enclosed also in Hancock’s letter to Robert Morris of that date (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 , 5:677–78).

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