George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the Continental Navy Board, 30 December 1777

From the Continental Navy Board

Borden Town [N.J.] 30th Decr 1777


We have sent by the Bearer a few Fish which we take the Liberty of presenting to your Excellency’s Table requesting you will do us the Honour of accepting them, & hope they will prove a seasonable Refreshment.1 Had we opportunity equal to our Zeal we should be happy in exerting our best Abilities to shew the Affection & Respect we have for your Excellency. Sincerely wishing you all Manner of Felicity, & Success equal to the virtuous wishes of your Heart we have the Honour to be your Excellency’s most devoted & obedient humble servts

Fras Hopkinson

John Wharton

P:S: The Experiment recommended to our Notice by your Excellency, has been attempted but with what Success we know not—we apprehend the Season was unfavourable.2 We have advanced to Col: Worthington (besides bearing all Charges here) 200 Dollars to defray his Expences Home; this we did in Consequence of your Recommendation not doubting but it will be approved by those to whom we are accountable.

LS, in the writing of Francis Hopkinson, DLC:GW.

1On 2 Jan. 1778 GW ordered payment to a man who brought a “present of rock fish,” apparently the bearer of this letter. See General Orders, 2 Jan. 1778, source note.

2Elizabeth Drinker wrote in her diary on 27 Dec. 1777 that “a certain something a peice of Clockwork, a Barrel with Gunpowder, &c was found in our River, which blew up near the Row-buck Man of War, and distroyd a boat near it[.] several others they say are found, thought to be the contrivance of some designing evel minded person or persons, against the Shiping” (Crane, Elizabeth Drinker Diary description begins Elaine Forman Crane et al., eds. The Diary of Elizabeth Drinker. 3 vols. Boston, 1991. description ends , 1:270–71). For the experiment recommended by GW, see Continental Navy Board to GW, 17 Dec., n. 1.

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