George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Hancock, 14 September 1777

To John Hancock

Head Quarters Near German Town [Pa.] Septr 14th 1777


I have the honor of your’s of this morning, inclosing the copy of a letter from General Dickinson. In consequence of the interesting information contained in it, I have written to General Putnam, directing him to send forward a second detachment of a thousand men in addition to the former, as you will perceive by perusing the inclosed duplicate of my letter to him; which you will be pleased to seal and dispatch as expeditiously as posible, lest the original should by any accident miscarry. I have the honor to be With much respect Sir Your most Obedt servt

Go: Washington

P.S. You have also copies of other letters, by which you will perceive the measures I am taking; and which you will in like manner be pleased to forward.

On second thoughts I should be glad you would transmit the enclosures open ⟨to⟩ General Dickinson, for his perusal & information and to be forwarded by him.

LS, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; copy, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The mutilated word in the LS is supplied within angle brackets from the copy in DLC:GW. The LS is docketed in part: “read.———.”

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