George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the Portsmouth Committee of Safety, 7 December 1775

To the Portsmouth Committee of Safety

Cambridge Decemr 7. 1775


Richard Emms, a prisoner at Portsmouth, having expressed a Strong desire to go to his Family & Friends in the West Indies in a Schooner which is about to go there, you will be pleased to grant him a permit for that purpose, Unless there be any Objections against It, which I am not apprized of.1 I am Gentlemen Your Hble servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, NjMoHP; LB, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For the capture of Richard Emms, master of the Prince George, see the Portsmouth Committee of Safety to GW, 2 Oct. 1775. On 15 Dec. the Portsmouth committee of safety sent GW’s letter of this date to the New Hampshire committee of safety “supposing it a Matter more properly cognisable by you than us. At the same time We beg leave to hint that we should think it imprudent to suffer him to take passage to the W. Indies in either of the vessels now fitting out, & that a reasonable Sum should be allowed him for Board from the time he was discharged from the ship Prince George, till he leaves the Province” (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 , 7:684). Robert Hanson Harrison inadvertently wrote “appirzd” instead of “apprizd” in the LS.

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