From William Greene
Warwick State of Rhode Island June 3d 1779
Your Excellency’s favrs of the 11th & 22d of May came Safe to Hand, this State in Consequence of a resolve of Congress Appointed a Sub Clothier the last Session of Assembly1 I Shall take the Earliest Opportunity to lay your Excelys Letters before the Genl Assembly.2 with the greatest Esteem & respect I have the Honor to be Sir Your Excellencys Most Obet servant
Copy, signed by Greene, R-Ar.
A letter from GW’s secretary Robert Hanson Harrison to Greene, written at New Windsor, N.Y., on 12 July, reads: “The Letter which I have the Honor to inclose to Your Excellency came to hand with Two or three for his Excellency General Washington—and was opened thro accident by me. The mistake was discovered at the instant and the contents are unknown. I must rely upon your indulgence to pardon the accident which gives me much concern” (DLC:GW). The enclosure has not been identified.
1. In response to a congressional resolution of 23 March, which called for each state to appoint a sub-clothier, the Rhode Island General Assembly during its May session had appointed Nathaniel Mumford (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 13:353–60, and Bartlett, R.I. Records, description begins John Russell Bartlett, ed. Records of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, in New England. 10 vols. Providence, 1856–65. description ends 8:545). GW had brought this matter to the attention of the state executives in his circular letter of 22 May.
2. For measures taken in the Rhode Island General Assembly during its June term to raise troops, a pointed appeal in GW’s circular letter of 22 May, see Bartlett, R.I. Records, description begins John Russell Bartlett, ed. Records of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, in New England. 10 vols. Providence, 1856–65. description ends 8:561–62, 570–71.