George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Moultrie, 10 July 1789

From William Moultrie

Charleston So. Carolina July 10th 1789


Captain Tate who will do me the Honor of delivering this, was an Officer in the late Continental Army in the line of Artillery of this State in which he served during the whole of the War with honor to himself & Credit to the United States: His Military ardor has lead him on to a further improvement in the Art of War; he therefore means to proceed to join the Armies of the Turkish Empire, and waits upon your Excellency for any commands which you may have in that part of the World. Captain Tate holds himself bound to return to America on the earliest Notice of her being at War with any Power.1 I must beg your Excellency’s pardon for intruding on ⟨you⟩ at a time when you are so much engaged in forming a New System of Government. I have the Honor to be, Dear Sir, with the greatest regard & esteem your Excellency’s most obedt & very humble Servant

Willm Moultrie
late Majr General in the American Army

Capt. Tate’s Excursion is not entirely Military but with a view to such discoveries as may tend to open the Commerce of the Mediterranean to the United States, & which he means to communicate from time to time: could your Excellency spare him a few Moments conversation he will communicate his Ideas to you, & if you condescend to give him a letter to some of the French Officers who served in America, it may be the means of facilitating his plan.

Willm Moultrie

ALS, DNA:PCC, item 78.

William Moultrie (1730–1805) of South Carolina ended the war as a major general. Returning to South Carolina, he found his properties had suffered heavily during the Revolution, and he continued to be plagued with financial difficulties during the 1780s. He went to the state legislature in 1783, and he served as governor of the state, 1785–87. In 1787 he became a state senator and attended the South Carolina Ratifying Convention. In 1792 he was again elected to the governorship.

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