George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Nathaniel Shaw, Jr., 1 October 1776

From Nathaniel Shaw, Jr.

New London October 1st 1776


The 29th Ulto I shipt by Capt. Webster Seventy Two Tents which was Sent me by Daniel Tillinghast Esqr. of Providence and hope they will git Safe to hand—I now by Capt. Thos King Send you Nine Marque and Ninety Seven Common Tents which I hope will also Come Safe1—In Case any of the Brittish Ships Should come down this way, I think we Should have the Earliest Notice of it, as we are Daly Shiping Goods up the Sound for the Army. I am Sir Your very huml. Servt

Nathl Shaw Junr


1Daniel Tillinghast, the Continental agent at Providence, wrote GW on 26 Sept. that “agreeable to a Resolve of Congress,” he was sending him seventy-two tents through Shaw, the agent at New London, and in a letter of the next day, Tillinghast informed GW that nine marquees and ninety-seven tents were coming by the same way. “I shall,” Tillinghast says in the second letter, “forward a number more as soon as finish’d” (both letters are in DLC:GW; for Congress’s resolutions regarding tents from Rhode Island, see 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 , 5:718, 735). On 29 Sept. Shaw directed Nicholas Webster, master of the sloop John Wilkes, to deliver Tillinghast’s seventy-two tents to GW’s order “as farr up the [Long Island] Sound as you think you can with safety.” Webster also was instructed to unload at Fairfield ninety tents, fifteen marquees, and other camp equipment aboard his vessel belonging to Col. Christopher Lippitt’s Connecticut state regiment, which was marching to New York. If Lippitt’s regiment had proceeded to New York before Webster arrived at Fairfield, he was to sail to Stamford, if safe to do so, and consult Lippitt (Clark and Morgan, Naval Documents description begins William Bell Clark et al., eds. Naval Documents of the American Revolution. 11 vols. to date. Washington, D.C., 1964–. description ends , 6:1045; see also Metcalf Bowler to Shaw, 29 Sept., in ibid., 1044). Thomas King, master of the sloop Susannah, on this date signed a receipt for Tillinghast’s nine marquees and ninety-seven tents, which he promised, “the Danger of the Seas Excepted[,] to Deliver as farr up the Sound as the Sd Vessell Can Procede with Safety . . . to General Washington or his order” (DLC:GW). A resident of Groton, Conn., King became captain of the privateer Defiance in September 1779 and subsequently captured three British vessels. In January 1782 another vessel under King’s command was wrecked in the West Indies during a storm, and he and his crew were captured by the British and taken to Antigua.

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