George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Captain Francis Grice, 6 May 1777

From Captain Francis Grice

Trantown [Trenton] Lore Farey May 6. 1777


I Arived Heair this Day with 19 Flat Bottom Boats that will Carrey one 100 men Each and three Artillarey Flats or Scows that will Carrey Two field Peeces with thair Horsis and Stors and the Compeney thair To Belonging Each and I am Apinted Captn over the hole of them By Ginrel Mifflin who Desird me To Rite To Your Honner For forther Instructtishun: How To Porseed which I Shall Be much oblige To your Honner for—Sur if you Rite To me Pleais To Dereck your Letter To the Cair of Captn John Clun Trentown Loare farey1 To your Humble Sarvent

Captn Francis Grice


Francis Grice (1726–1798), an officer in the artillery battalion of the Philadelphia city militia, was captured near Germantown on 25 Sept. 1777, and he was still a prisoner of the British in 1779 (see John Beatty’s list of American prisoners, 25 Dec. 1779, DNA:PCC, item 147). In 1785 Grice was named a coroner for the city and county of Philadelphia.

1John Clunn (c.1739–1816), who operated at tavern in Trenton, was a captain in the Burlington County, N.J., militia. He also served as a wagonmaster during part of the war.

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