George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Joseph Ogle, November 1789

From Joseph Ogle

Delaware State Newcastle County

Dear Sirwhite Clay Creek hund. No. W. [November 1789]

I am in the Greatest Distress as per N. 11 from Principles of, I know not what, but to make A Pray of My Fidelety & patriotism, for the heat of the Enemys, Progress through the Jersey A Number of the fineest Men we have now was then not to be found, though at that time I Sacreficed Every thing that was near & Dear to a Man of feeling & thought I gave up, & proceeded on till I Seen the Close of the war & then Retired after, laying out all the money that I had & runing in debt for A Considirable sum To Support the postes, Near my districk, & my own Service, & am now to be Devourd by a few who took the advantage of the Only few who Stood forth to Defend the whole all I want is that the Certificates in my Name might not be Sold Till the interest might be paid which is far Inadquait to my bodyly distress But in General am willing to be Sattisfied With it Sir I hope youll Pardon me (for Presuming to write to you who are the head) Whom am & has been a Sincere friend to the United States as far as my Knowledge led you[r] Hume Sert

Joseph Ogle

ALS, DNA:PCC, item 78.

Joseph Ogle was a member of a prominent New Jersey family. An ancestor, John Ogle, in New Jersey as early as 1667, settled on land near Christiana Creek in New Castle County and eventually purchased large tracts of land elsewhere in the county. In 1804 Joseph Ogle is still listed in county assessments as owning land in White Clay Creek Hundred (Scharf, History of Delaware, description begins J. Thomas Scharf. History of Delaware. 1609–1888. 2 vols. Philadelphia, 1888. description ends 933, 935).

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