George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jethro Sumner, 18 April 1784

From Jethro Sumner

Hillsborough [N.C.] April 18th 1784


It was with pleasure, we recd your circular letter, the eleventh of March last,1 and in a few days, a conveyance offered to the Gentlemen, Lt Col. Archd Lyttle, Majr Reading Blount, and Majr John Griffith McRee, who were appointed delagates in October last, to attend the Genl meeting of the Society of the Cincinnati.2

This states society, being appointed to meet on the second monday of this month, it was necessary that the delegates attend, on there way to the General Convention—when every measure were taken in our power to hasten there departure.

We Sir, beg leave to recommend to you these Gentlemen, whose services to the Country, has continued from the commencement of the late war. I am Sir, with Esteem and Respect, yr very Hble Servt

Jethro Sumner


1Sumner is referring to the copy of GW’s circular letter of 1 Jan. 1784, addressed to him as president of the North Carolina Society of the Cincinnati. Perhaps Sumner is saying here that the letter was read by the state society on 11 March.

2Reading Blount (d. 1807), former captain in the 1st North Carolina Regiment, and Griffith John McRee (1758–1801), former major in the state’s forces, both attended the meeting in Philadelphia. Archibald Lytle served as a lieutenant colonel in the North Carolina regiments during the Revolution.

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