George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel Edward Wigglesworth, 19 March 1779

To Colonel Edward Wigglesworth

Head Quarters. Middle Brook 19th March 1779.


I yesterday recd the inclosed Resolve of Congress accepting your resignation and directing me to give you a Certificate of your services, which I also inclose1—I hope your success in the line of life which you are about to pursue will fully compensate for the losses you have sustained in the service of your Country and am Sir Your most obt Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, sold by Sotheby’s, New York, catalog no. 7914, item 194, 20 June 2003; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1The enclosed copies of these documents have not been identified. For Congress’s resolution of 10 March accepting Wigglesworth’s resignation, see 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 , 13:302; see also John Jay to GW, 12 March. The draft of GW’s certificate for Wigglesworth, dated 19 March at Middlebrook and in the writing of Tench Tilghman, reads: “I certify that Edward Wigglesworth Esq: hath served in the Army of the United States of America with the Rank of Colonel, commanding a Regiment belonging to the State of Massachusetts Bay—and that he uniformly supported the Character of an attentive brave & judicious Officer” (DLC:GW).

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