George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 24 September 1779

From Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.

Lebanon [Conn.] 24 Septr 1779


I take the Liberty to commend the inclosed Memorial to such Notice of your Excellcy, as you may think it worthy of1—the Persons named therein acted under my Commission & Instructions in their Descents on Long Island untill, for the Mall Practices of others concerned in the same Operations, I judged it necessary to revoke all Commissions of that Nature given in my Name2—these Memorialist ever conducted themselves, as far as I know, agreable to their Restrictions—I never had any Cause of Complaint respectg their Conduct—not caring in present Circumstances to give any Permitts for such Services, have tho’t best to commend these Persons with their Application to your Notice—perhaps under your Excellencys Directions some Beneficial Purposes may be ansuered by employing this Way, such Persons as may be deemed worthy of Confidence.3 I am &ca

Jona. Trumbull

ADfS, CtHi: Jonathan Trumbull, Sr. Papers.

1The enclosed memorial from captains Peter Griffing (Griffin) and Jonathan Veal (Vail), both privateers operating boats on Long Island Sound, has not been identified.

2For Trumbull’s revocation of commissions to privateer boat crews authorized to operate against the enemy on Long Island, see Conn. Public Records, description begins The Public Records of the State of Connecticut . . . with the Journal of the Council of Safety . . . and an Appendix. 18 vols. to date. Hartford, 1894—. description ends 2:110, 346-47.

3GW replied on 30 Sept. and explained his reasons for refusing to sanction privateering on Long Island Sound.

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