George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Johnson, 22 May 1778

From Thomas Johnson

In Council Annapolis [Md.] 22d May 1778.


We have had many Applications from People of this State for Leave to go into Phila. some of them want to return again: we have not given Leave to any Body to go in, without permission from the Officer commanding the Continental Troops at some post on the way nor have we recommended any except Mrs Stewart Mrs Caldcleugh and Mrs McCall1—We were not satisfied of the propriety of frequently suffering People to go in especially those who wanted to return again and are unwilling to put the rejection of their Importunities on you; but the Earnestness with which some sollicit and it’s being said that such Favers are frequently granted at Head Quarters makes us desirous of knowing whether you think proper that such Applications, where we have no particular Suspicions, should be promoted by us and to whom we shall refer them ultimately—It is with Reluctance we request the faver of a Line on this Subject and are with every Sentiment of Respect Your Exellencys most obedt Servants

Th. Johnson

ALS, DLC:GW; LB, MdAA: Council Letter book, 1777–1779.

1Jane Stewart, wife of the Loyalist Annapolis merchant Anthony Stewart, and Jane Caldcleugh received permission to visit New York with their children at various times during the war (Md. Archives description begins Archives of Maryland. 72 vols. Baltimore, 1883–1972. description ends , 43:31, 170, 210). Elizabeth Chamier McCall of Baltimore solicited and received from Johnson a pass to visit New York on her mother’s behalf in January 1778; she promised to visit GW for passports (Calendar of Md. State Papers, 10:114; “Md. Council of State” description begins William Hand Browne, ed. Journal and Correspondence of the Council of the State of Maryland. March 20-November 8. 1777. In Archives of Maryland, vol. 16 (Baltimore, 1897): 185-560. description ends , 464). Presumably all of these women also visited Philadelphia during the British occupation of that city.

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