George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Hancock, 20 April 1777

From John Hancock

Philada April 20th 1777.


Your Favour of the 18th continued to the 19th I was this Day honored with at two O’Clock, and shall lay the same before Congress tomorrow Morning.

The enclosed Resolves are all that have passed in Congress since my last, which are either necessary for your Information, or the Direction of your Conduct.1 I beg Leave to refer your Attention to them, & with sincere and ardent Wishes for your Health, Happiness, and Prosperity, have the Honour to be, Sir your most obed: & very hble Servt.

Should Mr Commissary Trumbull be at Head Quarters, I am to request you will order him to Repair to Congress at Philada.2

L, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 12A. The postscript and address on the manuscript in DLC:GW are in Hancock’s writing.

1The enclosed copies of Congress’s resolutions of 17–19 April concern the formation of the committee for foreign affairs, an order to Comm. Gen. Joseph Trumbull to come to Philadelphia, the inspection of the provision magazines under the care of Dep. Comm. Carpenter Wharton, the resignation of John Trumbull as deputy adjutant general of the northern department, directions to GW to take steps to prevent provisions and forage from falling into British hands, the appointment of a chaplain to the German Battalion, and measures for suppressing Loyalists in Maryland and Delaware (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 , 7:274, 279–81, 283–86).

2For Congress’s resolution of 18 April ordering Joseph Trumbull to Philadelphia to confer with a committee considering new regulations for the commissary general’s department, see ibid., 279 (see also Elbridge Gerry to Joseph Trumbull, 19 April, 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 , 6:618–19). Trumbull arrived in Philadelphia on 22 April (see Roger Sherman to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 23 April, ibid., 642–43).

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