George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Constant Freeman, Jr., 24 September 1789

To Constant Freeman, Jr.

New York, September 24th 1789.


Your letter of the 9th of July has been received1 and, agreeable to your desire, I embrace the opportunity, by the return of Mr Brown to the western country,2 to inform you that the letter, account &ca, relative to my business in Red-stone came safe to my hands. I am Sir, your most obedient servant

G. Washington


Constant Freeman, Jr. (1757–1824) was born in Charlestown, Mass., and served during the Revolution as a lieutenant in Stevens’ battalion of Continental artillery in 1776 and as a captain-lieutenant in the artillery from 1778 to 1783. In March 1791 Freeman was appointed a captain in the Second United States Regiment, but he declined that appointment. In July 1793 Freeman was made an agent for the War Department to supervise federal military affairs in Georgia, a post he held until 1794. In February 1795 he was promoted to major in the corps of artillerists and engineers. He accepted that appointment and was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1802.

1Letter not found.

2John Brown, United States congressman from the Kentucky district of Virginia, was preparing to return to Kentucky after the adjournment of the first session of Congress on 29 September.

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