George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Langdon, 18 September 1775

From Samuel Langdon

[Cambridge] 18 September 1775. Asks GW’s “pardon for troubling him so often with Billets, but hoping for a favorable reception of another Certificate,” informs GW that Ens. John Child “is a Student of Harvard College now in his last Year, & is earnestly desirous of perfecting his public Education.”1


1John Child (d. 1825), an ensign in Capt. Abner Craft’s company in the Massachusetts regiment commanded by Lt. Col. William Bond, was discharged on 20 Sept. and graduated from Harvard College in 1776. From May 1777 to October 1778 Child served as a lieutenant in Col. Henry Jackson’s Additional Continental Regiment.

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