George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the Portsmouth Committee of Safety, 9 October 1775

From the Portsmouth Committee of Safety

Portsmouth [N.H.]
9th October 1775

May it Please your Excellency

We are honoured with your Excellency’s Letter of the 5th Instant a full Answer to which we shall forward as soon as we have consulted the Provincial Committee of Safety which setts tomorrow,1 the Letters and Papers received by the Prince George We forward by Dr Jackson.2 I am with due respect By Order of the Comtee of safety Sir Your Excellency’s Most Obedient Humble Servt

H. Wentworth Chairman

The Bill of Lading & Clearance togeather with Mr Herberts Letter to Mr Lloyd3 will be presented to your Excellency by Dr Jackson, who has promised to Return them for our Govermt.


2Hall Jackson (1739–1797) of Portsmouth, a physician and surgeon renowned for his treatment of smallpox and his innovative surgical techniques, went to the American camp on 19 June to attend soldiers wounded at the Battle of Bunker Hill and remained there without commission until 17 Oct., “excepting about three weeks at different times” when he returned to Portsmouth to visit his family and to obtain medical supplies (Portsmouth Committee of Safety to the New Hampshire Provincial Congress, 13 Nov. 1775, 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 , 7:654). On 14 Nov. the provincial congress approved a commission for Jackson as chief surgeon of the New Hampshire troops in the Continental army.

3These documents have not been identified.

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