From John Hancock
Philada Septr 12th 1777. 4 O’Clock A.M.
I am this Moment favoured with yours by the Express1—I am sorry for the unfortunate Issue of the Day, but from the Troops keeping up their Spirits, I flatter myself it will still be in our Power to retrieve the Loss of yesterday.
I have thought proper, in Consequence of the Intelligence received this Morning, to call the Congress together at six O’Clock. I have the Honour to be, with the utmost Respect Sir Your most obed. Serv.
John Hancock Presidt
1. Hancock is referring to the letter that GW wrote to him from Chester at midnight on 11 September.