To John Hancock
Wilmington [Del.] 1 Septr 1777.
At half after Twelve OClock, I was honored with Your’s of this Morning, with Its several Inclosures. I shall make inquiry, respecting the Workmen in the Militia and will order All to be detached, that can be spared.1
The Intelligence from the Northward is very interesting, and, I hope, will be succeeded by Other fortunate Events. I am sorry Genl Arnold did not arrive sooner; If he had, it is probable, the Enemy would have suffered considerably in their retreat. I flatter myself, that we shall have nothing more to apprehend in that Quarter this Campaign, and that the disgrace and dissappointment they have met with, will produce a favourable change in the dispositions of the Indians. I have the Honor to be Sir Yr Most Obedt sert
P.S. You will be pleased to send the Letter for Colo. Hughes by the Eastern post Tomorrow.2
LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; Df, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The postscript is not included on the draft or the Varick transcript. Congress read this letter on 2 Sept. and referred it to the committee of intelligence (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 , 8:703–4).