George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Nathaniel Woodhull, 12 October 1775

From Nathaniel Woodhull

New York October 12th 1775.


Captain Thompson lately arrived from London was examined before the provincial Congress here—Some parts of the Information he gave are important & may not be fully known to you—I therefore take Liberty to enclose You notes Of Mr Thompson’s Information,1 and have the Honor to be with the greatest Respect & Esteem most respectfully Sir your obedient humble Servt

Nathl Woodhull Presidt


1Secretary John McKesson’s notes, dated 11 Oct., of William Thompson’s testimony before the New York provincial congress on 10 Oct. are in DLC:GW. Thompson, a ship captain who left London on 13 Aug., confirmed much of the intelligence that GW had previously received of infantry and artillery reinforcements and supplies of arms and ammunition being sent to America. He also reported on the reaction in England to some of the recent events in America: “That after the News of Bunkers Hill arrived as many members of parliamt as could be collected near London were called and Consulted—That from what he heard at the Exchange the Voice of the Landed Interest seemed to [be] for the measures of Administration, & the mercantile Interest against them—That there was not any talk of a Change of Administration—That the people were in Expectation of overtures from the Congress . . . That they believed a non exportation would take place in America—That there were very great Complaints among the American Merchants and Manufacturers of the Stagnation of Trade . . . That Stocks had fallen a very little Vizt half per Cent; and had risen again ¼ pr Ct. That the news of Ticonderoga and Crown point being Seized had been long arrived; and that the taking those places was generally condemned. That the Appointment of the Generals Washington Lee & putnam &ca and the Striking paper money was known in London—That those officers were tho’t to be proper men & good officers; & that General Washington was Spoken of in a very high Character as a General. That some people laughed at a paper money . . . That they had the Accounts of the Conduct of the people of Georgia, & looked on the union of the Colonies as Compleat—That they had formerly been taught to believe that a handfull of men could Conquer the Colonies—That they say in England that if they do not Conquer America now She will thro’ of all obedience & become a republic.”

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