Candidates for Army Appointments from Pennsylvania
LIEUTENANTS & ENSIGNS
|John S Porter||McPherson||Probably good Ensign|
|Philadelphia||Francis Johnson181 Inquire|
|of Chester||David Denny182||perhaps Lt.|
|Young & writes a good hand & good English|
|Archibald D Davis
|Elija Griffiths||Richard Thomas184||Passably|
|Philadelphia formerly of Chester County|| Proctor185
|Dy Quarter Master in W Expedin|
|Benjamin Worrell of Berks County||Judge Rush187 & others
|Quære if not good Ensign|
|Lazarus Stow||No recommendation|
| 42 years
served in the army
of the Revolution
|Elijah B. Jarvis
|Wm. Nichol190 Latimer191 worthy person & capable of rendering service||Inquire|
|speaks of property in Philadelphia|
|Respectably as Lieut or Ensign|
|Eccles P. Barclay Philadelphia||James Cochran
who speaks well of him
|Henry Lewis Kean Philadelphia||McPherson
|Probably will do for an Ensign|
|son of a man of property
himself a man of property
|Qr. if not a Captain or in the Artillery|
|David Duncan||Very Respectably|
|George Hamell||well educated||Not strong|
|Qr. if Ensign|
Sitgreaves believes application
|Tolerable perhaps Ensign|
|Ephraim Blaine Junr Cumberland||
|Inquire Secy of State|
|sober honest young man
McPherson & others
|probably good Lieutenant|
|Samuel B Magaw
said to understand Mathematics
|Probably good subaltern|
|Elisha P. Barrows
native of Connecticut
|Strong as Lieutenant|
|Eddie Miller & others
Probably good Ensigns
|John A Douglass
Miller & others
|William C Rogers
|clever young man
|William Beatty Jun
22 years old
|mild but resolute asks for Lieut or Cornet in Cavalry Robert Johnson211||cornet or Ensign|
|of spirit & respectable Connections Wm. Henderson212|
|young man capable of duties of Lt.||Tolerably as Lieutenant|
|good standing & respectable connections George Latimer||Inquire|
|young man of good education & friend to the Governt—by Will Brown213|
|supported by B Rush|
Thomas Lee of
|Robert Chambers Huntington
|Integrity Industry Courage & abilities John Cadwallader||Tolerably as Ensign|
|Hugh H Potts Philadelphia||Nichols
|Well as Lieutenant|
|John Sharp Cumberland||young man of handsome property||pretty well as Ensign|
|James Ross &c|
|John Davis||Will Henderson &||not strong|
|James Eakin Philadelphia||good Connections & principles
|Respectably as Lieutenant|
|Henry Betz German||
|pretty well as Lieut.
|Henry Lancaster||Bingham strong
qr. if not Northumber
|Tolerably as Ensign|
|William Davis||perhaps Ensign|
|Thomas Lee—misfortunes of family—good orderly Sergeant|
|Doct Robert Johnson Surgeon General offers himself|
|William Monroe Philadelphia||recommended by his brother & Mr. Stoddert219 Harwood220||pretty well as Lieutenant|
|Marylander by birth|| Callahan221 all Annanpolis
|John E Buchanan||by Henderson|
|Samuel Lyons Mate||Rush & Shippen224|
|John Henderson||by Js. Biddle225 & others|
|John McClellan||by Doct R Johnson|
|Doctor Dart||by Irvin226 Navy|
|James Irvin Mate||McCosky227 & Wm Irvine|
|Roger Wales||Citizens of York County|
|James Ramsay||Doct Patterson228 (Reversed)|
|Robert Ross||by his sister Anna Thorp|
|Francis J Smith||Sitgreaves & others reputation last War|
|John McDowel||by Francis Johnson|
|James Forbes||by George Baer229|
|Sam Hughes230—recommends in genral terms||Not strong|
|Samuel Llewellen||Wm Jones231||Quaere if not an Ensign.|
|served as Non Commissioned officer||Richard Thomas||Probably Not|
|Stephen Kingston||No recommendation|
|X||James Blaine Cumberland||McPherson & others||Respectably|
|Bernard Hubly Junr Sunbury||Capt last War|
|X||Henry Lancaster||strongly recom by Bingham|
|X||Isaac Duncan Philadelphia||applies for Capt of Cavalry
McPherson & Latimer
|X||Robert Conolly Lt in Revolutionary army
|McPherson & others
probably not excellent
|Charles De Krafft
|alleges himself to be an old soldier|
|Philadelphia dated||Capt of Engineers|
|Robert Taylor||William Bingham||Qr|
|Respectably (not clear).|
|Signs a letter written by another|
|James P Nelson Mifflin County||Gregg235
|Likely to raise a company|
|sober young man|
|supported by Latimer
|respectably for a Lieutenancy strong|
|property & connections
|For Captain but will accept a Lieutenancy|
|James Ashman||Govr. Howard239||Respectably|
Major of Militia
|satisfied he is a young Gentleman of great merit|
|Not strong||Capt. or Lieutency|
|Sitgreaves who is strong—advises that he be permitted to nominate his own Lieutenants||Provisional Army|
|said that he was in the Revolutionary Army Letter Aug 8.240|
|well recommed by James Ross Senator|
|vigour of Youth
|will be Ensign|
|Thomas Dewes||Not strong.|
|will go into Marine if he cannot do better|
|has lost two brothers in American service||No recommendation
|Qr if not an Ensign|
|Henry G Slough
Lancaster 24 years
good subaltn McP.
|respectably as Lieutenant|
|X||John E Buchanan Jun
|John Cadwaller &c recommends||Respectably
|Perfect Lt McP.||Not strong Inquire|
|Qr. if not good Ensign|
acquainted with Dauphin
on credit of others
|John T O Neal||undaunted Courage
|Richard Willing||very good pretensions|
|Respectably as Subaltern|
|Hugh Brady Sunbury
|Robert Gray same place came from Ireland very Young||Daniel Smith ☞
Gentleman & man of spirit
|Now Captain of a Volunteer company|
|will accept Lieutenancy|
|Francis Ingraham Bucks County||Refers to J Laurence & General Moylan251||Property
|Samuel Fulton Merchant Philadelphia||
|Respectably capt or Lieutenancy of Artillery|
|Wm C. Rogers
|very respectably recomd for Capt. of Dragoon McPherson|
|Gregg reputable for Lieutenancy||Qr.|
|Hartley speaks of his connections good|
|no impropriety||Respectably recommended ☞|
|Charles Wm Porter|
|Stephen S Gibbs||Rawle||Respectably|
|now Capt of Militia|
|Andrew Johnson||Hartly & Robinson256
Clarke & Eddy257
officer late War
|Not very strong Qr|
|now Adjutant probably a good Lieutenant?|
|Josiah McElwane 4
|Anthony259 Latimer Gurney Philadelphia||☞|
|Anthony Rundle Latimer||☞|
|Thomas W Britton||McPherson Morgan Hare260|
|Joseph Knox Young Merchant Shippensburgh 25 years||John Shippen261 G Chambers —Hartly Kittera|
He will take a Lieutenancy well ☞
|Not Strong Benj Rittenhouse262|
|Quaere? ask for Ltcy.|
|Richard Thomas Quaere|
|Jacob Ashmeade||Capt late War||Inquire|
|officer in late army
|George Kerr 46
|pretty good recommendation|
|Daniel Broadhead Junr
|James Simmons 50
|Qr. his political principles?|
|James House 51
Painter from New England
Mifflin Town 53
supported by Latimer Nichol &c
|Deserving young man|
|Edward Scott 56||Qr. if not a tolerable Lieutenant|
|Lt Colonels & Majors|
|1||William Richardson Atlee||Major recomd by||F Johnson|
|McPherson & others|
|14||Andrew Ralston||do recom Irvin & others. P Qr|
|17||Jacob Slough||do Kittera & Sitgreaves|
|C||Indifferently spoken of by the Officers of the Western army as to Courage|
|well recommended by Coleman|
|Samuel Craig 41270
Capt in Arm
|James Smith 61
|Philip Strubing 82||Cavalry|
|Joseph McKinney 88—129||John Montgomery||Hartley||Well worth|
|Js. Armstrong||J Shippen||General Irvin|
|William Alexander||A Grade
|Andrew Johnson 38 & 96||
|Qr if not for Captain|
|George Taylor 154||Inquire of McPherson|
|Edd. Butler 155||Recommended by George Walton274
at present Capt in the army
|Benajmin R Morgan—Qr|
|Miller & others||Majority too much|
|foreign Major of Cavalry|
|Alexander Patterson||No. 25||Recommended by Sitgreaves & Hand
the latter knew him as quarter Master
|George Stevenson||157||James Ross as Major|
|William Henderson||70||Capt in Army Hand & Irvin|
|Thomas Moore||79||Wm. Bingham|
|16||well recommended but wont do|
|Francis Nichols||formerly a Major or
Brigadier of Pensylvania
|says hes as brave as Ceaser|
|General Irvin recommends him for his intelligence||Lt Colonels & Majors|
formerly a Captain in
|served in Western army
|strong by Peters|
|General John Gibson|
|6||Samuel B Magaw.||Lt. Chamb.||Franklin|
|[Lding Lt.]276 Andrew Johnston||Capt.||York|
|3||Elisha P Barrows||Lt||do|
|6||John A Douglass||Ensign||do.|
|7||Henry G Slough||Lt.||do|
|2||Hugh H Potts||Ensign||do|
|5||William R Atlee||Capt||Philadelph|
|3||John S Porter||Chester||do|
|7||Hugh Brady||Capt||Sunbury Northumberland|
|2||James P Nelson||Lt.||Mifflin|
|2||Peter Faulkener||Cap.||Easton Northampton|
|3||Henry Betz||Lt.||Read Berks|
|10||James Ralston||Capt||Easton Northampton|
|[Pennsylvania Field Officers]|
|[Thomas L Moore||Philadelphia||Lieut. Colonel|
|Wm: Henderson||Franklin||1st. Major|
|George Stephenson||Allegany||2d. Major]|
180. AD, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
In this list of recommendations for Army appointments, those recommended have not been identified. Wherever possible, however, the individuals making the recommendations have been identified.
181. Johnston was a Philadelphia resident who held the rank of colonel at the close of the American Revolution. In 1798 he was the receiver general of the Pennsylvania land office.
182. Denny was a resident of Chester County, Pennsylvania.
183. Whelen, a resident of Chester County, Pennsylvania, served in the state House of Representatives and Senate.
184. From 1795 to 1801 Thomas was a Federalist member of the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.
185. Thomas Proctor of Philadelphia held the rank of colonel at the close of the American Revolution.
186. Francis Gurney, a veteran of the American Revolution, was a Philadelphia merchant and a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
187. Judge Jacob Rush was president of the third district of the Pennsylvania Court of Commons Pleas.
188. Either John or Levi Hollingsworth, Philadelphia merchants.
189. This is a reference to Henry, Philip, or William Sheaff, all Philadelphia merchants.
190. Nichols was inspector of the revenue for Survey No. 1 in the District of Pennsylvania.
191. George Latimer, a Philadelphia merchant, was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1792 to 1799. On June 29, 1798, the Senate confirmed his appointment as collector of customs at Philadelphia (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 282).
192. John Cadwallader was a resident of Huntingdon County.
193. William H. Smith.
194. Henry Miller, a veteran of the American Revolution, was supervisor of the revenue for the District of Pennsylvania.
195. Alexander Addison was the presiding judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the fifth Pennsylvania district.
196. Thomas Hartley, a resident of York, Pennsylvania, and a veteran of the American Revolution, was a member of the House of Representatives from 1789 to 1800.
197. Duncan was a lawyer from Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
198. Ross, a veteran of the American Revolution, was a resident of Pittsburgh in 1798. From 1794 to 1803 he was a Federalist member of the United States Senate.
199. John Wilkes Kittera, a lawyer from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was a Federalist. From 1791 to 1801 he served in the House of Representatives.
200. Benjamin Bird of Bedford County was a veteran of the American Revolution.
201. This is a reference to James or Benjamin Chambers who resided in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. James Chambers served as a colonel in the American Revolution; he was justice of the peace of Franklin County in 1784 and county commissioner from 1793 to 1795. In 1794 and again in 1798 he was brigadier general commanding the Third Brigade of Pennsylvania militia. Benjamin Chambers, a prominent iron manufacturer, served in the American Revolution and was county auditor in 1788 and from 1793 to 1794.
202. William Elliot, a resident of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, was a veteran of the American Revolution.
203. Stephen Hannah held the rank of lieutenant at the close of the American Revolution.
204. Samuel Magaw was the rector of the St. Paul’s Protestant Episcopal Church in Philadelphia from 1781 to 1804.
205. William Magaw was a surgeon in the Continental Army during the American Revolution.
206. John Edie, a veteran of the American Revolution, was the clerk of the Court of Common Pleas in York County, Pennsylvania.
207. Edward Hand.
208. Robert Davidson, a Presbyterian minister, was a professor of history, geography, chronology, rhetoric, and belles-lettres in Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
209. John Montgomery of Cumberland County was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1781 and 1782 and a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1782 to 1784. In 1794 he became associate judge of Cumberland County.
210. Benjamin Rush was a prominent Philadelphia physician.
211. Johnson was a surgeon in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. From 1781 to the close of the war he was hospital physician and surgeon of the southern department.
212. Henderson, who held the rank of captain at the close of the American Revolution, was appointed a major of the Tenth Infantry Regiment on January 8, 1799 (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 299, 303). In 1798 he represented Franklin County in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
213. Brown, a veteran of the American Revolution, was elected to the 1796 Electoral College as a Republican from Mifflin County, Pennsylvania.
214. In 1798 James G. Heron represented Allegheny County in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
215. William Bingham, a Federalist from Philadelphia, was a member of the Continental Congress in 1787 and 1788 and a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1790 and 1791. He served in the Pennsylvania Senate in 1794 and 1795, and from 1795 to 1801 he was a member of the United States Senate.
216. John Biddle was a Philadelphia druggist.
217. Collinson Read, a resident of Reading, was commissioner of valuations for the fourth Pennsylvania division.
218. Clymer was a lawyer from Reading and a Federalist politician.
219. Benjamin Stoddert was Secretary of the Navy.
220. This is a reference to either Thomas Harwood, a veteran of the American Revolution, who was commissioner of loans in Maryland from 1790 to 1792, or Benjamin Harwood, who had been treasurer of Maryland and became commissioner of loans in Maryland in 1792.
221. John Callahan of Annapolis had been register of the Land Office for the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
222. William Marbury, a resident of Annapolis, was one of the principals in the case of Marbury v Madison.
223. This is a reference to either Philip Key, a resident of St. Marys County, Maryland, who was a member of the House of Representatives from 1791 to 1793, or Philip B. Key, an Annapolis lawyer and a member of the Maryland House of Delegates.
224. This is a reference to either William Shippen, a prominent Philadelphia physician, or Edward Shippen, an associate justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
225. Biddle was the presiding judge of the fourth district of the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas.
226. William Irvine, who held the rank of brigadier general at the close of the American Revolution, was a member of the House of Representatives from 1793 to 1795.
227. Samuel A. McCoskry, who had been a surgeon’s mate during the American Revolution, was a Carlisle, Pennsylvania, physician.
228. Robert Patterson, a veteran of the American Revolution, was a professor of mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania.
229. Baer, a merchant from Frederick, Maryland, was a Federalist member of the House of Representatives from 1797 to 1801.
230. Hughes operated the Cecil Iron Company at Havre de Grace, Maryland.
231. Jones, a resident of Philadelphia, served in the Continental Navy during the American Revolution.
232. Henry Latimer, who practiced medicine in Wilmington, Delaware, had served as a surgeon during the American Revolution. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 1794 to 1795, when he resigned because of his election to the United States Senate. He remained in the Senate until 1801.
233. Samuel Smith, a veteran of the American Revolution, was a Baltimore merchant. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 1793 to 1803. Originally a Federalist, he changed his allegiance to the Republicans in 1796.
234. In 1796, Robert Coleman of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was elected to the Electoral College as a Federalist.
235. Andrew Gregg was a member of the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania from 1791 to 1807.
236. Samuel or Joseph Edmiston of Mifflin County, Pennsylvania.
237. Clark, a resident of York, Pennsylvania, had been an aide-de-camp to Nathanael Greene during the American Revolution. A major in the Second Batallion of the Pennsylvania Flying Camp, Clark was auditor of accounts for the army from February 1, 1778, to November, 1779, when he resigned from the army because of ill health. He resigned from the Army on July 1, 1794 (Heitman, United States Army description begins Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, From Its Organization, September 29, 1789, to March 2, 1903 (Washington, 1903). description ends , I, 304).
238. Thomas Leiper, a resident of Philadelphia, was a Republican and a close friend of Thomas Jefferson.
239. John E. Howard.
240. Letter not found.
241. John Skyren was a Philadelphia merchant.
242. Wister was a Philadelphia merchant.
243. David Watts was a lawyer in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
244. William Alexander of Pennsylvania held the rank of captain at the close of the American Revolution.
245. Daniel Smith was a resident of Milton in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.
246. In July, 1798, Grant, a resident of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, was appointed commissioner of valuations for the seventh division of Pennsylvania (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 288, 289).
247. Samuel Miles, who held the rank of brigadier general of the Pennsylvania state troops at the close of the American Revolution, had been the mayor of Philadelphia. In 1796 he was elected to the Electoral College as a Republican.
248. William Rawle was United State attorney for the District of Pennsylvania from 1791 to 1800.
249. Charles Hall was a lawyer in Sunbury, Pennsylvania.
250. Jasper Ewing was a resident of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.
251. In the George Washington Papers, Library of Congress, there is a list which is in an unknown handwriting and is entitled “Pennsylvania Lieutenants continued.” At the bottom of this list H wrote:
|“Samuel Craig Francis Ingraham||}||Inquire Moylan.”|
Stephen Moylan, who was brevetted a brigadier general at the close of the American Revolution, was commissioner of loans for Pennsylvania.
252. Peter Baynton was a Philadelphia merchant. In 1798 he was treasurer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
253. Either George Fox, a lawyer in Philadelphia, or Edward Fox, a Philadelphia auctioneer.
254. Richard Rundle was a Philadelphia merchant.
255. James Hannum represented Chester County in the 1798 Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
256. William or James Robinson, both Philadelphia merchants.
257. George Eddy was a Philadelphia merchant.
258. Alexander Russell, a veteran of the American Revolution, was the brigade inspector of York County, Pennsylvania.
259. Joseph Anthony was a Philadelphia merchant.
260. Robert Hare was speaker of the Pennsylvania Senate from 1796 to 1800.
261. In 1800 Shippen was clerk to the commissioners appointed to adjust the title to land in the Wyoming Valley.
262. Rittenhouse, the brother of David Rittenhouse, made instruments for mathematical calculations. In 1791 Governor Thomas Mifflin of Pennsylvania commissioned him a judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
263. Richard or James Potter, both Philadelphia merchants.
264. Bowyer Brooks was a Philadelphia boatbuilder.
265. Joseph Hopkinson was a lawyer in Philadelphia. On May 4, 1798, the Senate confirmed his appointment as commissioner to hold a treaty with the Oneida Indians (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 273–74).
266. Robert Harpur of New York City was a member of the New York Assembly from 1777 to 1784. From 1778 to 1795 he was deputy secretary of state for New York. In 1795 he moved to Broome County.
267. In 1798 William Sterrit represented Mifflin County in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
268. Armstrong, a physician from Mifflin County, was elected to the House of Representatives as a Federalist and served from 1793 to 1795.
269. William Anderson was a veteran of the American Revolution.
270. See note 252.
271. John Moore was a prominent Philadelphia merchant and member of the city council.
272. Richard Peters, a lawyer in Philadelphia, was a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1782 and 1783. He served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1787 to 1790 and in the state Senate from 1791 to 1792. In 1792 he became United States judge for the District of Pennsylvania.
273. Ephraim Blaine, who had been commissary general of purchases during the American Revolution, was a resident of Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
274. Walton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and of the Articles of Confederation, was a veteran of the American Revolution. He was governor of Georgia from 1779 to 1780 and again from 1789 to 1790. In 1795 he was elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Jackson, and he served in that position until February, 1796.
275. Francis Lewis was a resident of Northumberland County.
276. This and the following material within brackets are not in H’s handwriting.