George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Henry Emanuel Lutterloh, 1 January 1789

To Henry Emanuel Lutterloh

Mount Vernon Janry 1st 1789


I have regularly received your letter dated the 27th of Novr.1

It would take up more time than I could well spare, to notice the applications which have been made to me in consequence of the new government. In answer to as many, as I have been at leisure to acknowledge, I have invariably represented the delicacy of my situation, the impropriety of bringing such things before me, the decided resolution I had formerly made, and the ardent wishes I still entertain of remaining in a private life. You will not then expect that I should commit myself by saying any thing on a Subject, which has never failed to embarrass & distress me beyond measure, whensoever it has been forced upon my consideration.

I can therefore have nothing to add, but that, with wishes for your prosperity, I am, with due regard & esteem Sir &c.

Copy, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DLC:GW.

Henry Emanuel Lutterloh (d. 1793) of North Carolina, who served in the duke of Brunswick’s guards, came to the United States in 1777 with an introduction from Benjamin Franklin. He was appointed deputy quartermaster general of the Continental army during the Revolution, with the rank of colonel. Sometime before 1787 he purchased a plantation 6 miles from Wilmington, N.C., and tried to interest GW in a plan to import German families to settle on undeveloped American lands in order to provide a labor force for American manufacturers (Lutterloh to GW, 3 Jan., 13 June 1787, GW to Lutterloh, 8 April 1787). In 1790 he was living in Fayetteville, North Carolina. By mid–1793 he had fallen on hard times and was soliciting GW for “any office which is unoccupied, and to which my Abilities in the opinion of Your Excellency may be adequate” (Lutterloh to GW, 24 May 1793). In 1789 and 1790 he was attempting to secure additional compensation from Congress for his services during the Revolution (ASP, Claims, description begins Walter Lowrie et al., eds. American State Papers. Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. 38 vols. Washington, D.C., Gales and Seaton, 1832–61. description ends 18–19).

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