George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the Stonington Committee of Safety, 1 December 1775

From the Stonington Committee of Safety

Stonington [Conn.] December 1st 1775


Recd Your Excellency’s Orders of the 27th Ult. Accompanied with the Papers belonging to the Sloop Warren, now in this port,1 and in consequence the Committee convened, and have taken the same into Consideration, and find that John Denny the Master of Said Sloop is a Native of Great Britain & is Suspected to hold principles Inimical to this Country, Wherefore we dont think Proper to discharge Sd Vessel & Cargo at present. And not having the Advantage of Such evidences and other Circumstances as may be Obtain’d, have therefore postponed the enquiry & Consideration thereof to the 8th day of January Next2—in the mean time have Ordered Proper care to be taken of the Cargo, and the Vessel moored in a Proper place of Safety, Any further orders from your Excellency shall be cherefully comply’d with by your Excellencys most Obedient And Very humble servants.

Signed pr Order and in behalf of the Committee

Joseph Denison Chairman


1In a letter of 27 Nov., which was probably written by Stephen Moylan on behalf of GW, the Stonington committee of safety was directed “to enquire into the Case of the Sloop Warren Capt. Denny taken by Broughton & Sillman in the Gut of Canso” (DLC:GW). For the capture of this vessel on 5 Nov., see Nicholson Broughton and John Selman to GW, 6 Nov. 1775, n.2.

2For the committee’s decision, see its letter to GW of 8 Jan. 1776.

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