George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Elisha Phelps, 8 September 1775

From Elisha Phelps

Albany Septemr 8th 1775.

Honor’d Sir

I received orders from His Honor the Governor of Connecticut, to forward the Lead according to your desire, which Lead I have forwarded immediately after it came to hand, which I trust you will receive as quick as possible by the bearer:1 at the same time wishing your Honor Success with it, and those under your Command, & that you may with it gain a Compleat victory over our Enemys, & give our Land freedom to Latest Posterity, may God grant: I am with the Greatest Esteem your Honors very very Humble Servant at command.

Elisha Phelps

N.B., 19 full Boxes & one abot half full the wght not assurtd but about Ct 53.


Elisha Phelps (1737–1776) of Simsbury, Conn., served with Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga in May 1775. On 8 June 1775 Governor Trumbull, acting at the request of the Continental Congress, appointed Phelps commissary for the northern army, and Phelps subsequently took charge of the supplies at Albany.

1For the sending of lead from Crown Point to Cambridge, see GW to Philip Schuyler and GW to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., both 14 Aug. 1775, and Trumbull to GW, 21 Aug. 1775, n.2. Trumbull wrote to Phelps about the lead on 21 Aug. (Hinman, Historical Collection description begins Royal R. Hinman, comp. A Historical Collection, from Official Records, Files &c., of the Part Sustained by Connecticut, during the War of the Revolution. Hartford, 1842. description ends , 330–31).

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