From the Pennsylvania Supreme Executive Council
In Council Lancaster [Pa.] February 26th 1778
I take the liberty to trouble your Excellency with the enclosed papers respecting Mr Joseph Simons, one of Mr David Franks’ agents for supplying the British Prisoners with provision in this state—I conceive there would be great impropriety in council to grant his request under our present circumstances and therefore beg leave to refer him to your Excellency,1 being with great respect Your Excelly’s Most obedient servant.
Df, PHarH: Records of Pennsylvania’s Revolutionary Governments, 1775–1790.
1. No acknowledgment of this letter by GW has been identified. The enclosure was probably a copy of Joseph Simon’s letter of 18 Feb. to Henry Laurens, which Congress read on 23 Feb. and referred to the Pennsylvania supreme executive council (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 , 10:190; see also Laurens’s letter of 24 Feb. to Wharton in Smith, Letters of Delegates description begins Paul H. Smith et al., eds. Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774–1789. 26 vols. Washington, D.C., 1976–2000. description ends , 9:166). Simons’s letter, which was certified by William Henry, reads: “Necessity Oblidges me to trouble your Honour, and the Gentlemen Members of Congress, to Acquaint you of my Situation, I have been twice on the Lines and my Accounts yet unsettled with Mr David Franks, upwards of Twelve Thousand Pounds is due to Me from Mr Franks before the Late Resolves of Congress. I am much distresed, having Borrowed Large Sums of Money, and for which, I am paying Interest, I pray your Honor and the Hble Congress will Consider my Case and take the same into Consideration” (PHarH: Records of Pennsylvania’s Revolutionary Governments, 1775–1790).