George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Rice, 7 October 1790

From John Rice

Philadelphia, 7 October 1790. Offers himself as an applicant for the command of the revenue cutter to be fitted from this port on the basis of his Revolutionary War service and recommendations he can procure from the most respectable characters of the state.


In September 1775 John Rice (1744–1823) was commissioned commander of the Pennsylvania navy’s galley Dickinson, which he built, and moved to the brig Convention in October 1776. In July 1778 he was appointed captain of the schooner St. John and two years later commanded the brig General Wayne (Jackson, Pennsylvania Navy description begins John W. Jackson. The Pennsylvania Navy, 1775–1781: The Defense of the Delaware. New Brunswick, N.J., 1974. description ends , 338, 347, 406, n.13; Claghorn, Naval Officers of the American Revolution, description begins Charles E. Claghorn. Naval Officers of the American Revolution: A Concise Biographical Dictionary. Metuchen, N.J., 1988. description ends 255).

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