George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Hancock, 12 August 1777

To John Hancock

Head Quarters Camp at Cross Roads [Pa.]
Augt 12th 1777.


General Newcomb having informed me, that he had collected a body of about five hundred Jersey Militia at Woodberry, I have desired him to endeavour to keep them together while matters remain in their present uncertainty and suspense,1 and to employ them in whatever works may be carrying on at Bilingsport, or Redbank, for the defence of the river. I mention this, that if it shall be thought proper, Mr Du Coudray may be directed to call for the assistance of those Militia accordingly. I have the honor to be With much respect Sir Your most Obedt servant

Go: Washington

LS, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; Df, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Congress read this letter on 13 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 , 8:634). GW also signed the addressed and docketed cover of the LS.

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