From Ebenezer Hancock
Boston January 30th 1777
I had the Honour to receive your Excellency’s Letter of 9th Instant last Night, in regard to the State of the Treasury in my Department; and for answer I have to Inform your Excellency, that it is very low at present, as I have not receiv’d any Money since last September, and the Demand for it has been so great, that I have now by me only about Five Thousand Dollars, but expect more every Day, as I have wrote to the Honble Congress about it, and think it cannot be long before it Arrives.1
I now take the Liberty to Acquaint your Excellency, that I have lately nam’d a Child after you, for the very great Respect and Regard I have for your Excellency, and the glorious Cause in which you are engag’d, and I flatter myself, that it will be agreeable to you;2 and wishing your Excellency Success, Health, and Happiness; I have the Honour to be with the greatest Esteem; Sir Your Excellency’s most Obedt Humble Servt
1. Ebenezer Hancock’s letter to Congress apparently was written on 18 Jan. and read by Congress on 28 Jan. (see 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 , 7:65). In a resolution of 10 Jan., Congress had appropriated $300,000 “for the purpose of paying the bounties and defraying the expences of raising the new levies” in the eastern department (ibid., 7:28), and on 8 Feb. John Hancock wrote to inform his brother of the dispatching of the money (see John Hancock to Ebenezer Hancock, that 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 , 6:241–42).
2. George Washington Hancock, born this month, was Ebenezer and Elizabeth Lowell Hancock’s fourth child.