George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Joshua Wentworth, 2 July 1776

From Joshua Wentworth

Portsmouth [N.H.] July 2d 1776


I was Honour’d with your favor of 15t. Ulto per post, Inclosing resolves of The Honble Continental Congress wch fully answers the purpose of my request to Stephen Moylan Esq., and shall persue, a mode consistant toe the resolves—and as they point the line of duty shall Omit troubleing Your Excellency any further—I shou’d not have been so pressing to Mr Moyland had I been posses’d of the Continental resolves, previous to Your Excellencys favoring me with them.

I am inform’d the Gentlemen that Petition’d the Congress have not receiv’d any determination, nor do I suppose the former resolves will be Counteracted to avail prejudicial to the Captors.1

The Agents of Your Excellencys appointment to the Wester’d of this Port, I here are confirm’d by the Continental Congress—I presume to Solicit Your Excellencys recommendation, for my confirmation If you stil think me worthy of that trust—I am the more enduced to trouble Your Excellency, as I was first Honour’d with your Commission, & vainly attempt to assure You Sir that my Study shall be to merritt the Confidence of the Continent2 being with Respect Your Excellencys Most obt & very hl. Servt

Josh. Wentworth


1Wentworth is referring to the captors of the brig Elizabeth. For accounts of the disputed disposal of this prize, see GW to Hancock, 25–26 April and note 10, and GW to Wentworth, 15 June 1776, and note 1.

2For Stephen Moylan’s appointment of Wentworth as Continental prize agent in New Hampshire, see Moylan to GW, 13 Oct. 1775. Apparently Wentworth at this time did not know that Congress had given his position to John Langdon on 25 June (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 5:478).

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