TRANSCRIPT GLC 5611
John Hancock. Document signed: [Philadelphia], to George Washington,
1776 December 27. 5 p. + doc.
In Congress Decr. 27th. 1776.
That Genl. Washington be empowered to use every Endeavor,
by giving Bounties and otherwise, to prevail upon the Troops
whose Time of Enlistment shall expire at the End of the Month
to stay with the Army so long after that Period as its Situation
shall render their Stay necessary.
That the new Levies in Virginia, Maryland, the Delaware State,
Pennsylvania, & New Jersey, be ordered to march by Companies,
and Parts of Companies, as fast as they shall be raised, and
join the Army under Genl. Washington, with the utmost Dispatch.
That the foregoing Resolution be transmitted by the President
to the executive Powers of the States before mentioned, who
are requested to carry it into Execution; to appoint Commissaries
to precede the Troops, and procure Provisions for them on
their March; and that they be empowered to draw Money for
this Purpose from the nearest Continental Paymaster.
That Genl. Washington be empowered to appoint a Commissary
of Prisoners, and a Clothier General for supplying the Army,
to fix their Salaries, and return their Names to Congress.
That  Genl. Washington be requested to fix upon that System
of Promotion in the Continental Army, which in his opinion,
and that of the general Officers with him, will produce most
general Satisfaction; that it be suggested to him whether
a Promotion of Field Officers in the Colonial Line, and of
Captains & Subalterns in the Regimental Line, would not
be the most proper.
That the Committee of Congress at Philadelphia be desired
to contract with proper Persons for erecting at Carlisle in
Pennsylvania, a Magazine sufficient to contain ten Thousand
Stand of Arms and two Hundred Tons of Gun Powder, and also
for erecting an Elaboratory adjacent to such Magazine.
That the Council of Massachusetts Bay be desired to contract
with proper Persons for erecting in the Town of Brookfield
in that State, a Magazine sufficient to contain Ten Thousand
Stand of Arms, and two Hundred Tons of Gun Powder, and also
for erecting an Elaboratory adjacent to such Magazine.
That Congress approve of Genl. Washingtons directing
the Quarter Master Genl. to provide Teams for each Regiment,
and for other necessary Purposes.
That  the Committee of Secret Correspondence be desired
to direct the Commissioners at the Court Of France, to procure
if possible from that Court, an Hundred Thousand Stand of
That the second and seventh Virginia Regiments, with all
the Convalescents from the other Corps left in that State
and now fit for Duty be ordered to march and join the Army
under Genl. Washington with the utmost Dispatch, leaving the
Arms that they have at present with the Governor and Council
of that State, as they will be provided with others at the
Head of the Elk.
That three of the Regiments upon the new Establishment in
North Carolina be ordered to march immediately [inserted:
to join Genl. Washington]. [struck: into Virginia, and put
themselves under the Direction of the Officer commanding their,
and that during this Interval, between the March of the Virginia
Regiments and the Arrival of these from North Carolina,] [inserted:
That] the State of Virginia be empowred to call into Service
at the Continental Expense these Regiments of Militia or Minute
Men if such a Measure shall be by that State judged necessary.
The  unjust but determined Purpose of the British Court
to enslave these free States, obvious through every delusive
Insinuation to the contrary, having placed Things in such
a Situation that the very Existance of Civil Liberty now depends
on the right Execution of Military Powers; and the vigorous
decisive Conduct of these being impossible to distant, numerous,
and deliberative Bodies. This Congress having maturely considered
the present Crisis, and having perfect Reliance on the Wisdom,
Vigor, and Uprightness of Genl. Washington, do hereby
That Genl. Washington shall be, and is hereby vested, with
full, ample, and compleat Powers to raise and collect together
in the most speedy and effectual Manner from any, or all these
United States, sixteen Battallions of Infantry, in Addition
to those already voted by Congress; to appoint Officers for
the said Battallions; to raise, officer, and equip, three
Thousand Light Horse; three Regiments of Artillery, and a
Corps of Engineers and establish their Pay; to apply to any
of the States for such Aid of the Militia as he shall judge
necessary; to form such Magazines of Provisions, and in such
Places as he shall think  proper; to displace and appoint
all Officers under the rank of Brigadier General; and to fill
up all Vacancies in every other Department in the American
Armies; to take wherever he may be, whatever he may want [strike-out]
for the Use of the Army, if the inhabitants will not sell
it, allowing a reasonable <loss: Price from ?> the same;
to arrest and confine Persons who refuse to take the Continental
Currency, or are otherwise disaffected to the American Cause,
& return to the States of which they are Citizens, their
Names, and Nature of their Offences, together with the Witnesses
to prove them.
That the foregoing Powers be vested in Genl. Washington for
and during the Term of six Months from the Date hereof, unless
sooner determined by Congress.
That the Council of Safety of Pennsylvania be requested to
take the most vigorous and speedy Measures for punishing all
such as shall refuse Continental Currency, and that the General
be directed to give all necessary Aid to the Council of Safety
for carrying their Measures on this subject into effectual
By Order Of Congress
John Hancock, Presidt
Decr: 27th, 1776