George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Richard Bennett and Joanna Leigh Lloyd, 11 November 1780

From Richard Bennett and Joanna Leigh Lloyd

Elizth-Town [N.J.] 11th Novr 1780

Mr and Mrs Lloyd present their respectful Compliments to His Excellency General Washington They fully intended themselves the honour of waiting on His Excellency on their way through this State—but the very rapid aproach of Winter, and the Children being somewhat indisposed to day—obliges Mr Ll: to settle his Family at Philadelphia, or in Maryland before he can have the honour of being at Head Quarters.


Richard Bennett Lloyd (1750–1787) and his wife Joanna Leigh Lloyd (1758–1814) had children born in 1776, 1778, and 1780. A fourth child was born in 1784. Richard Lloyd, born in Talbot County, Md., had resigned as captain in the British army at the start of the Revolutionary War. For his plans to return with his family from London to the United States, see his letters to John Adams, 28 Dec. 1779, in Papers of John Adams description begins Robert J. Taylor et al., eds. Papers of John Adams. 17 vols. to date. Cambridge, Mass., and London, 1977–. description ends , 8:306, and to Benjamin Franklin, 8 Jan. 1780, in Franklin Papers description begins William B. Willcox et al., eds. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin. 42 vols. to date. New Haven, 1959–. description ends , 31:350–51. Lloyd experienced financial problems and eventually struggled with drunkenness (see David Humphreys to GW, 11 Feb. 1786, in Papers, Confederation Series description begins W. W. Abbot et al., eds. The Papers of George Washington, Confederation Series. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1992–97. description ends 3:556–58). Joanna Lloyd married a second time in 1788 to Francis Love Beckford, of Basing Park, Hampshire, England.

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