George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George Lux, 13 March 1778

From George Lux

Baltimore 13 March 1778


Mr John McHenry of this Town has just shewn me a Letter from your A.D.C. Coll Hamilton to his Brother Doctor McHenry, requesting him to come up to Camp immediately, and, as he has not the Honor of being acquainted with Your Excellency, requests me to inform your Excellency that the Dr is unfortunately in North Carolina, but that he will immediately dispatch an Express thither, & desire him to come up immediately1—Permit me, Sir, as an American to whom the Continental Officers are very dear for their Services to their Country, especially those who have been taken valiantly fighting in the cause of Liberty, to congratula⟨te⟩ your Excellency upon the happy Prospect of a speedy Exchange of Prisoners on equitable Terms: as a Friend to Dr McHenry, for whom I entertain the highest Esteem both as a Physician and as a Man, I rejoice, that he is again a Freeman, and enabled to serve his Country.

My Parents join me in presenting their most respectful Compliments to Your Lady & Yourself.2

I was sorry not to have it in my power to pay my Compliments to Your Excellency, when I was last at Camp, and thank you for the peculiar Civilities you honoured me with at Cambridge,3 but I always found, you were busily engaged, when I went to Head Quarters, and therefore thought it would be criminal in me to intrude upon you, when so totally engrossed by the important Duties of your Elevated Station. I have the Honor to be with the Highest Esteem Yr Excy’s Obligd Hume Servt

Geo. Lux


George Lux (1753–1797) served in 1776 as clerk of the Baltimore committee of observation and in 1780–81 as a first lieutenant in the Baltimore militia.

1John McHenry (1755–1790) was associated with his father Daniel in a Baltimore mercantile firm. Alexander Hamilton’s letter to James McHenry was dated 5 Mar. (DLC: James McHenry Papers; see also Syrett, Hamilton Papers description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends , 1:437).

2George Lux’s parents were William Lux (c.1730–1778), a former Maryland state legislator, organizer of the Baltimore Sons of Liberty, and vice chairman of the Baltimore committee of observation, who had been the Continental prize agent at Baltimore since 1776, and Agnes Walker Lux (1731–1783).

3Lux had traveled to Massachusetts in late July 1775 to seek a position in the army. He remained there at least until September but did not receive an appointment (see GW to Nicholas Cooke, 6 Sept. 1775, source note, and Smith, Letters of Delegates description begins Paul H. Smith et al., eds. Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774–1789. 26 vols. Washington, D.C., 1976–2000. description ends , 1:670–71, 677–78).

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