George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Hancock, 9 August 1777

To John Hancock

Camp near German Town [Pa.] Augt 9: 1777.


Inclosed you will be pleased to receive Copies of Two Letters & Other papers which just now came to hand by different Expresses. Genl Heath’s Letter of the 2d Instant seems to make the intelligence respecting the Fleet, which he had obtained before, vague1—if not entirely ill founded. I have the Honor to be Sir Yr Most Obedt Servant

Go: Washington

LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169. The addressed and docketed cover of the LS also contains GW’s signature. This letter and its enclosures were read by Congress on 9 Aug. (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 , 8:627).

1For these enclosures, see the Massachusetts council to GW, 1 Aug., and enclosure, William Heath to GW, 1 Aug., and enclosure, and Heath to GW, 2 August.

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