George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Captain Robert McKenzie, 20 March 1777

From Captain Robert McKenzie

New York 20th March 1777


I presume upon your former Friendship for Colonel Robert Stuart to trouble you with the enclosed Extracts of a Letter I lately received from him, as the most effectual Method I can devise of complying with his Request.1 If any Part of the Things mentioned can be recovered so that I may have it in my Power to forward them to London, the Expences attending it will be most punctually paid in any Way you please to direct by, Sir, your most obedient Servant

Robert Mackenzie

ALS, DLC:GW. McKenzie changed the spelling of his name to “Mackenzie” between 1757 and 1760. GW continued to spell his name “McKenzie,” however (see GW to McKenzie, 28 April 1777, in DLC:GW).

1McKenzie enclosed an extract of a letter that he received from Robert Stewart, GW’s old comrade-in-arms from the French and Indian War, written at London on 7 Nov. 1776 to inquire about the fate of the cargo of the British snow Lord Stanley, which apparently was captured somewhere off the shores of Nova Scotia in 1776: “I at the request of my very good and particular Friend Lord Templetown, formerly Mr [Clotworthy] Upton, beg as a particular Favor that you will be so good as to use your best Endeavours to find out what is become of the Ship Lord Stanley, Captain Strickland, taken some Time ago by an American Privateer, I mean into what Port she was carried and if you could by any Means recover some Things that were on board of her, of which you have enclosed a List, and which were the Property of Lord Templetown; The Pictures and several other things can be of no use to any other Person, I therefore doubt not but whoever has got them will part with them upon easy Terms, and should you have the good Fortune to recover them or any Part of them that you would be so obliging as to forward them by a Man of War or some other safe Conveyance to this Place, to the Care of Messrs White & Edwards Merchants In London” (DLC:GW). The Lord Stanley was recaptured by the British sloop Hope on 6 Nov. 1776 and thereafter was used as a prison ship in the Halifax area (see Master’s Log of H.M. Sloop Hope, 6 Nov. 1776, in Naval Documents description begins William Bell Clark et al., eds. Naval Documents of the American Revolution. 11 vols. to date. Washington, D.C., 1964—. description ends , 7:56). For GW’s attempts to inquire into the whereabouts of the vessel, see GW to McKenzie, 28 April 1777, in DLC:GW.

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