George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Seymour, 18 September 1775

From Thomas Seymour

Hartford Sepr 18th 1775


As Major French proposes troubling your Excely upon the Subject of his not being allowed to wear his Sword while a Prisoner here,1 am directed by the Comtee to give a full State of the Case.

Soon after he came to hand by Mr Webb, the Comtee let him know your Excellys order and that an exact Compliance with it was expected2—he soon began to raise Objections against conforming to the same Regulations with the other Officers, Prisoners, here, insisted that there was an essential difference, he not being taken in arms, as he said, but this was not all, he gave out, in high Tone, that had he joined his Regt he should act vigorously against the Country, & do every thing in his Power to reduce it, in Short, he talkd in so high a Strain that the People veiwd him as a most determined Foe; & in this light, they would not bare with his wearing Arms at any Rate—The Comtee therefore interposed & overuled his Objections, the principle of which was that, a Prisoner, upon Parol, always wore his arms: we therefore refer it to your Excely, whether, under all the Circumstances, the Comtee have acted in this matter consistently & proper, & for the general good—I am in behalf of the Comtee with greatest Regard yr Excellys most Obt & most hble servt

Thos Seymour Chairman


Thomas Seymour (1735–1829) became lieutenant colonel of the 1st Connecticut state regiment of light horse in June 1776 and the following month led three regiments of horsemen to New York as a temporary reinforcement to the Continental army. See GW to Seymour, 8 July 1776. Seymour was appointed to the Connecticut council of safety in November 1776.

2See Joseph Reed to the Hartford Committee of Safety, 3 Sept. 1775, DLC:GW.

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