George Washington Papers

From George Washington to James Otis, Sr., 27 September 1775

To James Otis, Sr.

Camp at Cambridge September 27. 1775


The Bearer Captn Jacob Rogers having sollicited my Protection & Interference for his Safety, has laid before me sundry Papers shewing the publick Sense of his Conduct since the Commencement of the present Troubles. I beg Leave to inclose his Memorial & sundry Papers to the Honorable Board, as the Subject of his Complaint seems more properly to fall within the Cognizance of the civil than military Power: I shall chearfully concur in any Measure which the Honbl. Board may recommend1 & am with much Respect & Regard Sir Your most Obed. & very Hbble Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Joseph Reed’s writing, M-Ar: Revolution Letters.

1The Massachusetts council read this letter on 29 Sept. and appointed one of its members to a committee “to consider some proper means of protection for the said Rogers.” The house of representatives added two of its members to the committee on 2 October. See the excerpts from the proceedings of the council and house, signed respectively by Perez Morton and James Warren, on the reverse side of GW’s letter. See also “Mass. Council Journal,” July 1775-Feb. 1776 sess. description begins In Journals, Minutes, and Proceedings, State of Massachusetts Bay, 1775–1780. (Microfilm Collection of Early State Records.) description ends , 194, and Mass. House of Rep. Journal, July–Nov. 1775 sess. and Nov. 1775–Feb. 1776 sess description begins A Journal of the Honorable House of Representatives of the Colony of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. Watertown, Mass., 1775. (Microfilm Collection of Early State Records). description ends , 132. The endorsement on GW’s letter indicates that Rogers’s petition was “dismiss’d.” Jacob Rogers of Charlestown, Mass., was a lieutenant in the British navy until 1773 when he was court-martialed and forced to resign his commission. Rogers commanded British privateers from 1777 to sometime near the end of the war.

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