George Washington Papers

From George Washington to a Committee of the Massachusetts Council, 24 November 1775

To a Committee of the Massachusetts Council

Cambridge 24th Novr 1775


Capt. Aaron Willard reccommends Mr Moses Child to be his Collegue in the Journey to Nova Scota1 as I Know nothing of this Gentleman, I cannot approve or disapprove of him. Mr Willard informs me he is well known unto Doctor Taylor2—if you think him Capable & trustworthy you will please to fill up the instructions with his name which Capt. Willard will give unto you3 I am with great respect Yrs

You will please to furnish Capt. Willard with Letters, to Capt. oBryan & to Col. Cargill, to give every assistance to him & his Companion on their tour.4


LB, in Stephen Moylan’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For the purpose of this journey, see Hancock to GW, 10 Nov., and GW to Hancock, 19 Nov. 1775. Aaron Willard, whom John Adams called “a brave Veteran,” commanded a Massachusetts militia regiment in northern New York during the fall of 1776 (Adams to Daniel Hitchcock, 24 Aug. 1776, in Taylor, Papers of John Adams description begins Robert J. Taylor et al., eds. Papers of John Adams. 17 vols. to date. Cambridge, Mass., and London, 1977–. description ends , 4:489–90). Moses Child was apparently from Groton, Massachusetts.

2John Taylor (c.1734–1794), a physician from Lunenburg who speculated in Maine real estate, was a member of the council.

4Jeremiah O’Brien of Machias and James Cargill of Newcastle were militia officers in Lincoln County, District of Maine.

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