George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Hunking Wentworth, 17 July 1775

From Hunking Wentworth

Portsmouth, N.H.,17 July 1775.

Encloses on behalf of the Portsmouth committee of safety “an authenticated copy of a vote pass’d by them for preventing the admission of our Inhabitants into the Camp, upon speculation, without a recommendation or pass first had and obtained from them, Their Inducement to this measure arises from their Fears that some may be too freely and incautiously admitted who are suspected of a want of that attachment & cordiality to our Cause, that we have a right to expect from those who are indulged with every priviledge in common with us all.” He communicates the committee’s congratulations to GW on his appointment to command the American army and their wishes for his success.


Hunking Wentworth, “an old gentleman of seventy-eight years, . . . and lately extremely impaired by recent epileptic fits,” was chosen in October 1774 to be chairman of the Portsmouth, N.H., “committee of Ways and Means,” which later became the town’s committee of safety (John Wentworth to Earl of Dartmouth, 15 Nov. 1774, in Bouton, N.H. Provincial Papers description begins Nathaniel Bouton, ed. Provincial Papers. Documents and Records Relating to the Province of New-Hampshire, from 1764 to 1776 . . .. In New Hampshire Provincial and State Papers, vol. 7. 1873. Reprint. New York, 1973. description ends , 7:417–18). A prominent resident of Portsmouth for many years, Hunking Wentworth was an uncle of New Hampshire’s last royal governor, John Wentworth (1737–1820).

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