George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Stephen Keyes, 16 December 1775

From Stephen Keyes

[c.16 December 1775]

May it please your Excellency

I trust to your Excellency’s well known Character to pardon a Stranger & Inferior—who presumes to address you on a matter of Consequence to himself, tho’ perhaps of very little to you[.] I wou’d then Inform your Excelly that not long Since I was recommended to Brigadr Genl Spencer for a first Leiutenancy, by Col. Reed, and his other field Officers,1 which was agreeable to the Captain under whom I was to Serve—to which Brigdr Genl Spencer objected, only on account of my not belonging to the Army, and it’s being inconsistant with General Orders, for Brigadr Genls to give their Approbation of any Person for a Commission, who was not already engag’d in the Service2—I have a peculiar fondness for serving in the Continental Army, and shall think myself highly honour’d, shou’d your Excely think me deserving a Commission. I am Sir with the highest respect and Esteem yr Excelly most Obedient humbl. Servt

Stephen Keyes

ALS, DLC:GW. This undated letter was apparently written about the same time as was Joseph Spencer’s letter to GW of 16 Dec. recommending Keyes.

Stephen Keyes of Pomfret, Conn., served during 1776 as a lieutenant in the 10th Continental Infantry commanded by Col. Samuel Holden Parsons.

1Col. Joseph Read commanded one of the regiments in Brig. Gen. Joseph Spencer’s brigade at Roxbury.

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