George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 17 November 1778

From Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.

Lebanon [Conn.] 17th Novemr 1778


Capt. Samuel Parmele of Guilford, in this State, brought me a number of evidences and applications relative to Luther Parmele, son to the Captain—William Handy Leaman Grave, Ichabod Hill, and Daniel Tuthill all of Guilford—young men imposed upon by Lieut. Linus Hopson, and induced to inlist into the Continental Service as Shoemakers—in a Company of Mechanicks.1 The young men were minors, and learning the trade of Sho[e]makers, or Cordwainers, and induced, by delusion to enlist, supposing they might perfect themselves in their business, and would not have entered the service on any other conditions, when they find to their surprise there are no Shoemakers employed in the mechanick companies. It will prove very detrimental to the public, as well as to them to have such deceit and delusion practised.

I do, on the request of Capt. Parmele, recommend their case to your wise and prudent consideration, that justice may be done them, and they dismissed from the service, with proper allowances and wages, for the time they have been therein. He will produce to you the evidences and n[e]cessary documents—which renders it unnecessary for me to enlarge on the subject. I am, with Esteem & Regard Sir your obedient humble Servant

Jonth. Trumbull

LB, Ct: Trumbull Papers; ADfS, CtHi: Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., Papers.

1Samuel Parmele (1737–1807), a silversmith from Guilford, Conn., had served as a private during the French and Indian War, and during the Revolutionary War he apparently served as a captain in the Connecticut militia.

Luther Parmele, William Handy (1760–1823), Luman Graves (b. 1760), and Ichabod Hill, all from Guilford, enlisted as privates in Capt. Gamaliel Painter’s company of Col. Jeduthan Baldwin’s Regiment of Artillery Artificers. Daniel Tuthill apparently never entered Continental service, and remained in the militia. Linus Hopson (b. 1736) of Wallingford, Conn., was appointed a sergeant in Col. Baldwin’s regiment in August 1777 and rose to the rank of lieutenant in August 1778. He left the army in October 1780.

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