George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Hancock, 10 September 1777

From John Hancock

Philada Septr 10th 1777.


The great Desire of Congress to be informed of the Movements and Positions of the two Armies as early as possible, at this critical and important Period, has induced them to pass the enclosed Resolve, to which I shall only refer your Attention.1

Your Favour of yesterday I was honoured with last Night.

With warmest Wishes, that Victory and Success may attend you, and that the Campaign may terminate in such a Manner as to encrease your Fame and Glory, I have the Honour to be with the greatest Respect Sir your most obed. Servt

John Hancock Presidt

LS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 12A.

GW’s secretary Robert Hanson Harrison replied to Hancock on this date: “Your favor of this morning came to hand about Two OClock. His Excellency [GW] was then out & still is. I have nothing material to inform you of respecting the Enemy. By the last advices from our reconnoitring parties, they had halted in a low Ground strongly flanked by Two Hills, about a mile below Welch’s tavern. It is supposed, they moved from the post, which they occupied this morning for want of Water. Some interesting event may take place to morrow, as they are within a convenient distance to attack, if they have any such intention” (DNA:PCC, item 152). Congress read Harrison’s letter on 11 Sept. (see 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 , 8:731).

1For this resolution of 9 Sept., see Richard Peters to GW, 9 Sept., n.1.

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