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the morning. I expect immediately to be ordered to despatch the first by Fessenden to you, when I shall have the honour to write you very particularly.

This is only to inform you that I have sent two hundred and fifty thousand dollars for the use of the Army under your command, to the care of Thomas Hanson, John Don-aldson, and Moses Franks, Esquires, gentlemen of character, who, I am confident, will meet your notice.

I am, with the fullest sentiments of esteem, sir, your very humble servant,

JOHN HANC0CK, President.

To His Excellency General Washington.


Philadelphia, March 21, 1776.

SIR: I have now only time to inform you that I have sent, packed in three boxes, two hundred and fifty thousand dollars for the use of the Army, under the care of Thomas Hanson, John Donaldson, and Moses Franks, Esquires, gentlemen of character, and who I beg may meet your notice and civilities.

I am so engaged, I cannot add but that I am, with respect, sir, your very humble servant,

JOHN HANCOCK, President.

To Honourable Colonel Warren, Paymaster.


Philadelphia, March 21, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: You having engaged to take charge of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars, which I have delivered you in three boxes, I am to desire you will proceed with as much expedition as possible, and deliver the same money at Cambridge to James Warren, Esq., Paymaster, or to the order of General Washington, and take a receipt therefor.

All Committees, and officers in the Continental Army, are requested to afford you all the aid you require on your journey.

Should you meet General Washington on the road, you will deliver the letters to him, and follow his orders; but you are by no means to be interrupted or counter-ordered by any other officer whatever.

I wish you a pleasant journey, and am, gentlemen, your most obedient servant,

JOHN HANCOCK, President.

To Thomas Hanson, John Donaldson, and Moses Franks, Esquires.


Philadelphia, March 21, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: The bearer, Mr. Carpenter Wharton, is Commissary for the Pennsylvania Troops. He supplies them by contract, at seven pence per ration. He will probably make the same offer for the rest of the Army in the Middle Department; and unless others will be equally reasonable, must be entitled to a preference, it being the intention of Congress to have their armies supplied on the easiest terms. He supports a very fair character in this place, and is well connected.

I have the honour to be, gentlemen, with the utmost regard, your most obedient humble servant,


To the Honourable Convention of New-York.


Morris County, March 21, 1776.

MY LORD: In consequence of a letter written by your Lordship to Mr. Alexander Carmichael, Chairman of the Committee of this County, dated at New-York, the 17th instant, requesting three hundred of the Militia to come over to your assistance, we have this day marched a detachment of one hundred and fifty soldiers, (exclusive of officers,) in two companies, from the First Regiment in this County, (which we have the honour, as Colonels thereof, to command,) under some of our Militia officers, as you will see by the enclosed muster-roll. We beg, my Lord, that they may be well used, and in the like manner provided for, of which we cannot have any doubt, and which will encourage our men to turn out with cheerfulness upon any future occasion. We also beg they may not be detained from their suffering farms any longer than may be found very necessary.

The authority pointed out to us in your Lordship's letter for calling out those men, leaves us no kind of doubt but it became our duty to comply with the requisition; and believe it, my Lord, we cannot be happier than in affording every possible assistance in our power at all times, to the hitherto successful struggle of the United Colonies.

Mr. John Doughty, to whom we have thought it most advisable to give the command of our detachment, is Adjutant to our regiment; but we beg he may be appointed to the rank and character of a Major, while he is out on the present service with the detachment, and so recommend him as a very worthy and fit person. If this should not be agreeable, we hope your Lordship will have no objections to our sending down a commissioned Field-Officer from the regiment.

We would also request of your Lordship that, as there is a probability (as we conceive) of a further detachment from this County, that we may remain a separate corps, and not be joined to those of another County. This, if agreeable to your Lordship, would be very much so to us.

Doctor Jabez Canfield comes out as Quartermaster to the detachment.

We have nothing to add but our compliments to your Lordship, and wishes for your good health and prosperity, and hearty prayers for the success of the American arms.

We are, my Lord, your Lordship's most humble and obedient servants,



To Lord Stirling.

Roll and Return of the detachment marched from the First Regiment of Militia in the County of Morris, under the command of John Doughty, appointed to the detachment, this 21st of March, 1776:

First Company: Peter Layton, Captain; Henry Dore-mus, First Lieutenant; Anthony Joline, Second Lieutenant; Samuel Oliver, Ensign; four Sergeants; four Corporals; sixty-seven Privates.

Second Company: Sylvanus Seely, Captain; Obadiah Kitchell, First Lieutenant; Israel Ward, Second Lieutenant; Benjamin Southard, Ensign; four Sergeants; four Corporals; sixty-seven Privates.

Jabez Canfield, Quartermaster.




[Read March 35, 1776.]

New-York, March 21, 1776.

DEAR SIR: On receiving intelligence from Cambridge" verbally, by Colonel Bull, that the troops ordered to this place from Cambridge were all countermanded except one regiment, General Thompson has directed five tons of the powder to proceed for General Washington's camp; the rest will follow in a day or two, when it will be in condition for so long land carriage. The absolute necessity of shifting it into other strong casks, would have made this delay necessary, had there been no other reasons.

I am your most humble servant,


To the Honourable John Hancock.


New-York, March 31, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: Enclosed is an estimate what the articles will amount to which you have given me orders to purchase. I have no cash in hand. Should be glad if you will please to give me an order on the Treasurer for the amount. I am, gentlemen, your most obedient servant,


To the Committee of Safety in New-York.

P. S. Besides the enclosed, Lord Stirling will ask of the Congress to get intrenching tools made for ten thousand men, which will take more cash.

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