George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General William Maxwell, 8 March 1779

From Brigadier General William Maxwell

Elizth Town [N.J.] 8th March [1779]


Your Excellencys Favour of yesterday I recd. The men that returned from the Indian country I was informed lives in Sussex County, I do not know their names. I had the account from a Mr Meeker Major of Milita living not far from the Court House.1

I ask pardon for not mentioning the Boots befor; on the rect of your former letter I spoke to the man about them, and he informed me that it was the want of proper leather for them that they were not done. long ago, he hoped to have them finished in two weeks from that timee—but he has a faculty of giving soft answers2 Capt. Dayton will Deliver you two late papers3 I have nothing further now. and am Your Excellencys Most Obedt Humble Sert

Wm Maxwell


1Samuel Meeker (c.1747–1804) served from Sussex County in the New Jersey militia as captain of a light horse troop and then at the same rank in the 2d New Jersey Regiment. He was promoted to major of the 2d Regiment on 23 May 1777 and held that position when wounded on 22 July 1779 at the Battle of Minisink, N.Y. (see Snell, Sussex and Warren description begins James P. Snell, comp. History of Sussex and Warren Counties, New Jersey, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Philadelphia, 1881. description ends , 54–55, 63–64).

3The captain who carried the two unidentified newspapers to GW may have been Joseph Dayton, who served in a company of New Jersey militia artillery. See Maxwell to GW, 26-27 Jan., and n.3.

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