George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Elizabeth Fenton, 30 July 1776

From Elizabeth Fenton

Ten Hills, 30 July 1776. Sends GW under cover “a Letter to General Howe the contents of which I hope will Convince your Excellency Mr Fenton has keep his Parole in Consequence of wch he has not taken Rank in the Army[.] I hope I nead not Use force to Convince General Washington how Unhappy I must be, Untill I with my family can get home to Mr Fenton, and the more so as Ive Nothing hear to Suport my Self & family with, should I have asked a conveyance your Excellency should not aprove, and my Letter not sent to General Howe, I hope your Excellencys humaniety will point out some way for me to leave America.”1


1Mrs. Fenton’s letter to General Howe has not been identified. John Fenton, a former British officer who had been an active Loyalist in New Hampshire before a Patriot mob seized him in June 1775, sailed to England later that year after signing a parole promising not to take up arms against Americans (see John Fenton to GW, 6 July 1775, and source note).

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