George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel Timothy Danielson, 31 July 1775

From Colonel Timothy Danielson

Roxbury Camp [Mass.] 31 July 1775

“General Thomas has made known to your Petitioner That he has your Excellencys Order, to turn out from Quarters Capt. Ball and Company belonging to your Petitioners Regiment . . . in Order to accommodate One Mr Waters with a convenient House of Entertainment. . . . That the said Ball should be ousted of his Tenement he agreed with The Landlord for, to gratify a Dram Seller, when Thire are a Redundancy in This Camp (and your Excellency will indulge Me to say, in general are The Pest of The Army) grieves your Petitioner to his Heart.” He requests that the order be repealed.1

ADS, MHi: Artemas Ward Papers.

Timothy Danielson (1733–1791), a prosperous merchant from western Massachusetts, served for several years as chairman of the Hampshire County committee of correspondence and represented the town of Brimfield in all three Massachusetts provincial congresses. During the Lexington alarm he commanded eight militia companies, and in May 1775 he was commissioned colonel of a Massachusetts regiment. Danielson left the Continental army at the end of 1775 and subsequently served as a brigadier general in the Hampshire County militia and a member of the General Court.

1Joseph Reed wrote on 15 July to Brig. Gen. John Thomas: “Collo. [Joseph] Trumbull applied to the General last Evening in Behalf of some Person who wants a House which some of your Soldiers occupy; to keep a Tavern—The General has directed me to let you know that he refers the Matter wholly to you—& if no Objections appear to you, it may be complied with. . . . Collo. Trumbull will furnish such Tents as may be necessary for the Men who remove in Consequence of any Directions you may give herein” (DLC:GW). Lebbeus Ball joined Danielson’s regiment as a captain in May 1775. He was promoted to major in November 1777 and resigned from the army in October 1780.

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