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Hancock, John (1737-1793) to William Smallwood

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06502 Author/Creator: Hancock, John (1737-1793) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Letter signed Date: 1 February 1777 Pagination: 2 p. : address ; 32.3 x 20.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Communicates to General Smallwood a resolution by the Continental Congress in response to a petition from citizens in Somerset and Worcester counties in Maryland. The resolution orders Smallwood to help "suppress the Tories in the counties of Somerset and Worcester, and to seize and secure the persons mentioned in a list to be transmitted." The loyalists would then be required to submit to a loyalty oath and some would be put on trial. Signed as President of Congress. Written "In Congress."

Background Information:

People: Hancock, John, 1737-1797
Smallwood, William, 1732-1792

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Continental CongressCongressRevolutionary WarMilitary HistoryLoyalistPetitionPrisoner of WarPrisonerOath

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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