George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Hancock, 5 July 1777

From John Hancock

Philada July 5th 1777.


Since I had the Honour of addressing you on the 24th of June, I have been favoured with the Receipt of your several Letters of the 25th 28th and 30th of that Month, and of the 1st and 2d instant; all which were immediately laid before Congress.

Having Nothing in Charge at this Time, but to transmit the enclosed Resolves, I beg Leave to request your Attention to them;1 and have the Honour to be, with the utmost Esteem, and Respect Sir, Your most obed. & very hble Servt

John Hancock Prest

A large Supply of Money is on the way. I will Reply to your several Letters as soon as Congress have Determin’d upon them.

LS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 169.

1Hancock enclosed copies of several resolutions passed by the Continental Congress on 1 and 2 July 1777. Congress’s resolutions of 1 July include orders for Col. Charles Harrison’s artillery regiment to halt in Virginia, appointments of Robert Hoops to deputy commissary general of issues and Benjamin Rush to physician general of the hospital in the middle department, and an order to refer to GW a request for arms from Gov. Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., of Connecticut. Resolutions of 2 July authorize travel allowances for assistants to the deputy commissaries general of purchases, set pay for assistant commisaries of issues at $60 per month, and elect William Brown to replace Benjamin Rush as surgeon general of the hospital in the middle department (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 , 8:514, 518, 523–25).

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