Letter from John Hancock to the Governor and Council of the State of Virginia

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    [John Hancock to the Governor and Council of the State of Virginia November 15, 1776 [RvW Oversized Folder 69; MSS. – A.D.S.]] Philad.a Nov.r [November] 15th. 1776. Gentlemen, Since dispatching the Express yesterday, with Intelligence that a Fleet of above one Hund[red] [MS. illegible] Vessels, had left New York, the Congress have received a Letter from General Green[e], containing further Accounts; a Copy of which, in Obedience to their Commands, I now enclose. It appears from this Information, that Lord Dunmore is to take the Command of a Fleet, bound to the Southward, and said to be for South Carolina. But as it is by no Means certain, against which of the Southern States, the Expedition is designed, it is highly necessary you should be on your Guard. I shall not detain the Express, only to add that [End Page 1] that you will make such Use of this Intelligence, as the Importance of it requires. I have the Honour to be, Gentlemen, your most obedt. [and] very hble Serv. John Hancock Presidt [P.S.] Since the foregoing Congress have pass'd a Resolve respectg the Disposition of the Troops in North Carolina, which I inclose [sic] [and] to which I Beg leave to Refer you as also to the Resolve respecting the Inlistments [sic] - Please to forward the Dispatches to the Southward by a fresh Express to Halifax, [and] I have Requested the Convention there to Send them to South Carolina by another Honble The Council Governor [and] Council of the State of Virginia - [End Page 2] [Endorsed:] Letter from President of Congress Nov. [November] 15. 1776 inclosing Resolns for Disposition of Carolina Forces -relating to Enlistments. -Letter from Genl. [General] Green[e] -Rank [and] pay of Naval Offi[cers] [End Page 3]
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    [John Hancock to the Governor and Council of the State of Virginia November 15, 1776 [RvW Oversized Folder 69; MSS. – A.D.S.]] Philad.a Nov.r [November] 15th. 1776. Gentlemen, Since dispatching the Express yesterday, with Intelligence that a Fleet of above one Hund[red] [MS. illegible] Vessels, had left New York, the Congress have received a Letter from General Green[e], containing further Accounts; a Copy of which, in Obedience to their Commands, I now enclose. It appears from this Information, that Lord Dunmore is to take the Command of a Fleet, bound to the Southward, and said to be for South Carolina. But as it is by no Means certain, against which of the Southern States, the Expedition is designed, it is highly necessary you should be on your Guard. I shall not detain the Express, only to add that [End Page 1] that you will make such Use of this Intelligence, as the Importance of it requires. I have the Honour to be, Gentlemen, your most obedt. [and] very hble Serv. John Hancock Presidt [P.S.] Since the foregoing Congress have pass'd a Resolve respectg the Disposition of the Troops in North Carolina, which I inclose [sic] [and] to which I Beg leave to Refer you as also to the Resolve respecting the Inlistments [sic] - Please to forward the Dispatches to the Southward by a fresh Express to Halifax, [and] I have Requested the Convention there to Send them to South Carolina by another Honble The Council Governor [and] Council of the State of Virginia - [End Page 2] [Endorsed:] Letter from President of Congress Nov. [November] 15. 1776 inclosing Resolns for Disposition of Carolina Forces -relating to Enlistments. -Letter from Genl. [General] Green[e] -Rank [and] pay of Naval Offi[cers] [End Page 3]
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    [John Hancock to the Governor and Council of the State of Virginia November 15, 1776 [RvW Oversized Folder 69; MSS. – A.D.S.]] Philad.a Nov.r [November] 15th. 1776. Gentlemen, Since dispatching the Express yesterday, with Intelligence that a Fleet of above one Hund[red] [MS. illegible] Vessels, had left New York, the Congress have received a Letter from General Green[e], containing further Accounts; a Copy of which, in Obedience to their Commands, I now enclose. It appears from this Information, that Lord Dunmore is to take the Command of a Fleet, bound to the Southward, and said to be for South Carolina. But as it is by no Means certain, against which of the Southern States, the Expedition is designed, it is highly necessary you should be on your Guard. I shall not detain the Express, only to add that [End Page 1] that you will make such Use of this Intelligence, as the Importance of it requires. I have the Honour to be, Gentlemen, your most obedt. [and] very hble Serv. John Hancock Presidt [P.S.] Since the foregoing Congress have pass'd a Resolve respectg the Disposition of the Troops in North Carolina, which I inclose [sic] [and] to which I Beg leave to Refer you as also to the Resolve respecting the Inlistments [sic] - Please to forward the Dispatches to the Southward by a fresh Express to Halifax, [and] I have Requested the Convention there to Send them to South Carolina by another Honble The Council Governor [and] Council of the State of Virginia - [End Page 2] [Endorsed:] Letter from President of Congress Nov. [November] 15. 1776 inclosing Resolns for Disposition of Carolina Forces -relating to Enlistments. -Letter from Genl. [General] Green[e] -Rank [and] pay of Naval Offi[cers] [End Page 3]
Title:
Letter from John Hancock to the Governor and Council of the State of Virginia
Creator:
Hancock, John, 1737-1793
Date:
1776-11-15
Description:
Letter from John Hancock to the Governor and Council of the State of Virginia regarding the movement of the British fleet from New York. Hancock reports that the fleet is suspected to be bound for South Carolina.
Collection:
Charleston Museum Collection of Revolutionary War Letters
Contributing Institution:
The Charleston Museum Archives
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Hancock, John, 1737-1793--Correspondence, Hancock, John, 1737-1793
Topical Subject:
War, armed forces, and society
Geographic Subject:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783, United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--American forces
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
image/jpeg
Digitization Specifications:
600 ppi, 24-bit depth, color, Epson Expression 10000XL, Archival Masters are tiffs.
Copyright Status Statement:
Public domain.
Access Information:
For more information contact The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403.