George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the Maryland Executive Council, 18 February 1792

From the Maryland Executive Council

Maryland Annapolis Feby 18. 1792.
In Council.


Presuming that the defence of the frontiers will require an augmented force, and that Military promotions will of course take place, we beg leave to address you in favor of Mr Henry Carbery who served in the late expedition against the Indians as Senior Captain in the Battalion of levies from this State, and has returned with the reputation of having exhibited an exemplary Conduct as well in the unfortunate Action as during the Campaign in general.1 These testimonies joined to the knowledge we have of his respectable deportment in private life, have impressed us with the desire of procuring him the further Notice of your Excellency—We believe him to be among those men who by a predilection for the Military life are led to a closer Study of the duties of that profession than Officers of his rank in general impose on themselves. We beg leave Sir, to add that during the former war he occasionally Commanded a party of Cavalry against the Indians, and Seems Confident of acquitting himself well, if he should be honored with a Command of that kind in the proposed Arrangements⟨.⟩ With the highest respect we have the honor to be your Excellencys mo. obedt hble Servt

James Brice2

LB, MdAA: Council Letter Book.

For the background to this letter, see Henry Carbery to GW, 25 July 1789.

1For Carbery’s appointment as a captain in the reorganized army, see GW to the U.S. Senate, 14 Mar. 1792.

2James Brice (1746–1801) of Annapolis sat almost continuously as a member of the executive council of Maryland from 1777 to 1799. He also served as mayor of Annapolis in 1782–83 and 1788–89. Following the death of George Plater on 10 Feb. 1792, Brice became acting governor of Maryland.

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