From Henry Putnam
Savannah, Ga., 20 November 1790. Having been impoverished by his service during the whole of the late war and reduced to great straits, he offers himself as a candidate for the command of a revenue cutter and submits certificates and recommendations for his character, abilities, and knowledge of the Georgia coast.1
Henry Putnam of Maryland was commissioned in February 1780 to command the twelve-gun schooner Peggy (Claghorn, Naval Officers of the American Revolution, description begins Charles E. Claghorn. Naval Officers of the American Revolution: A Concise Biographical Dictionary. Metuchen, N.J., 1988. description ends 250).
1. Only one enclosure has been found, a 20 Nov. 1790 letter from Alexander Bissell and forty-four other citizens of Savannah, recommending “Captain Henry Putnam who has for sometime past resided in this State, . . . as a fit person to be entrusted with the Command of any Vessel that may be allotted to this Station” (DLC:GW). On 11 Dec. 1790 Tobias Lear forwarded this recommendation and Putnam’s application to Alexander Hamilton (DLC:GW).