George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Hancock, 30 July 1776

From John Hancock

Philadelphia, 30 July 1776. “Monsr St Martin having been Recommended to Congress as a Gentleman conversant in the Engineering Branch, they have been pleas’d to Appoint him in that Department with the Rank of Lieut. Coll.” GW is directed to “employ him where you Judge the Service will be best promoted.”1

LB, DNA:PCC, item 12A.

1St. Martin was recommended by Elbridge Gerry in a letter to John and Samuel Adams of 21–22 July, which Gerry wrote at Kings Bridge after visiting the army at New York for several days. “A Mr. Wybert [Wuibert] recommended as an Engineer by the War Office if I rightly remember,” Gerry writes, “is a very useful Man and does great Service here. He mentions a Monseiur DeSaint Martin as an able Officer of Artillery which General Mifflin tells me is exceedingly Wanted. Pray appoint him to a Captaincy which Will do to begin with and send him to the Camp here. Mifflin is very desirous of its being done speedily. . . . Mon. Martin lives with a Mr. Dushemen in Philadelphia” (Taylor, Papers of John Adams description begins Robert J. Taylor et al., eds. Papers of John Adams. 17 vols. to date. Cambridge, Mass., and London, 1977—. description ends , 4:398–404). For Congress’s appointment of St. Martin as a lieutenant colonel of engineers on 23 July, see JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 5:602. For his subsequent employment at New York, see Heath to GW, 26 August.

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