To Governor John Hancock

    Philadelphia        26 January 1792

    Dear Sir—

    The inclosed Report will give you a general Idea of the Revenue of the United States for the years ninety one and ninety two; as well as the present demands against the Union for the same time—

    The Report contemplates no provision for the defence of the Frontiers of the western Country that may be thought necessary since the defeat of Genl [Arthur] St. Clair—What furthe[r] expence will be incured on that account I cannot now say—A plan is on foot, which, if it be carried into effect, will require a further sum of seven or eight hundred thousand Dollars. I have some doubts, however, whether this will succeed. The idea of an Indian war is growing unpopular. North-Carolina, & part of Virginia, where it was apprehended the rage for war would be most violent, are exceedingly opposed to raising any additional Regiments—And some decided sentiments were expressed to-day in the house against the measure, by our friend [Benjamin] Goodhue & others—

    I am very sorry to read in the Boston papers that your Excellency was unable to meet the Legislature at the opening the present Session of the General Court—But I hope you were prevented by a temporary illness only; and by this time are restored to a more than usual degree of strength & health—which is the sincere wish of, dear Sir,

    Your Excellencys most obedient, & very humble Servant

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    FC, TFP