George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Hancock, 10 April 1777

From John Hancock

Philadelphia 10th April 1777.


Your favr of yesterday’s Date I have just Rec’d by the Return Express and shall be laid before Congress to morrow morning.

I have only time to Inclose you sundry Resolutions pass’d in Congress since my last, to which I Request your Attention, I also inclose you a Letter from the Come of Congress.1 I have the Honour to be with Esteem, Sir Your most Obedt Servt

John Hancock Presidt

I have Sent four Bundles of printed Resolves, which you will please to order to be distributed among the Officers.2

LS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 12A. The LB does not include the postscript.

1See a Committee of the Continental Congress to GW, this date. The enclosed resolutions of this date concern the establishment of a camp on the west side of the Delaware River, the directing of GW to send the Board of War a list of the officers whom he had appointed under the powers granted him by Congress and copies of the commissions that he had issued, procedures for paying militia reinforcements, the sending of Gen. Edward Hand to Fort Pitt “to take measures for the defence of the western frontiers,” and the rank and appointment of the mustermaster general and several deputies (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 , 7:250–52).

2One of these one-page broadsides, which contain Congress’s resolutions of 1, 2, 9, and 10 April regarding military pay procedures, is in DLC:GW (see also ibid., 214–15, 217–18, 248–49, 252). John Dunlap of Philadelphia printed the broadsides.

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