George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Worthington, 2 June 1789

From William Worthington

June 2, 1789


I Live in Saybrook Near the Mouth of Conneticut river. Should that place be Made a Naval Port I Wish An Appointment, Would refer You to the Delegates of Conneticut, And am Most Respectfully

Wm Worthington


William Worthington served during the Revolution as a lieutenant colonel in the Connecticut militia and was active in local Connecticut politics during the 1780s. Something of an inventor, Worthington appeared before the Connecticut council of safety in 1777 to exhibit a “specimen of a new invention for annoying ships” (Clark, Naval Documents, description begins William Bell Clark et al., eds. Naval Documents of the American Revolution. 12 vols. to date. Washington, D.C., 1964–. description ends 8:407). He may be the same William Worthington who received a license to operate a tavern in Hartford in 1797.

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