George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Charles Carroll of Carrollton, 22 September 1777

From Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Pott’s Groves [Pa.] 22d Septr 1777.

Dear Sir

I would just suggest the propriety of Sending Some active persons to Bristol & Trenton to impress Wagons to remove what continental Stores are at those places & may be carried thither from Pha in consequence of your orders to Colo. Hamilton—This measure is the more necessary as the order of Congress for removing these Stores is suspended till their meeting at Lancaster wh. may not be Some days.1 Mr Smith one of our Delegates being returned home I must proceed to Congress to keep up a representation from our State2—I desire my compliments to the gentlemen in your family and wish Your Excellency health & Success against our common enemy. I am with great esteem Yr most obdt hum. Servt

Ch. Carroll of Carrollton


1Congress on 16 Sept. directed the removal of all commissary, quartermaster, clothier, and hospital stores and all hospital patients from Trenton “to Bethlehem, or some other place of safety,” and two days later it resolved “that the order for removing the sick and wounded, and hospital stores from Trenton, be for the present suspended” (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 , 8:748, 753).

2William Smith (1728–1814), a merchant from Baltimore, served as a delegate to the Continental Congress from February to December 1777, and from May to July 1778 he was a commissioner of the Navy Board for the middle district. Smith served in the U.S. Congress 1789–91.

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