George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Ephraim Blaine, 15 February 1793

From Ephraim Blaine

Philada 15th Febry 1793a

Much Respected sir

I take the Liberty of Adressing your Excellency and beging your influence in favor of a Young man who wishes to enter into the Army—his name is John Connolly he is about 22 Years of age has some millitary Knowledge and is a handsome young fellow—his father you Know by Character (if not Personally) which is not in favour of the Young man—but I will Pledge my self for the Sincearity of his Attachment to our Country—if Vacancies and Consistant, would wish him Recommended for a Lieutennant, if Otherwise, an Ensign in the first Regiment, if Successful I hope he will do honour to the Appointment,1 I am with Perfect Respect, Your Excellencys Most Obdt Hble Servt

Eph: Blaine


1GW apparently did not appoint John Connolly, Jr., to any military position. GW first met land speculator John Connolly, Sr., at Pittsburgh in November 1770 (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:322–23). For subsequent correspondence between the two men, see volumes 9 and 10 of the Colonial Series description begins W. W. Abbot et al., eds. The Papers of George Washington, Colonial Series. 10 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1983–95. description ends ; for Connolly’s activities as an agent for the British, both during and after the Revolutionary War, see Valentine Crawford to GW, 24 June 1775, and note 3, and Harry Innes to GW, 18 Dec. 1788, and notes.

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