From Moses Gill
Boston May 15 1793
May it Please your Excellency
The Barer, Capt: John Whitney, is a Gentleman who Served in the late Continental Army with Good Reputation; is now out of Business, and wishes to be imploy’d in Some Service under your Excellency Control—He is a Gentleman with Whom I have an Acquantence, and is a Person of Good Sence; the utmost Confidence may with Safety be Placed in his Conduct and engagements.1 I am with the highest Attachment to your Excellency Person & Family, your Excellency Most Obediant and Most Humble Servant
Moses Gill (1734–1800), a Boston merchant, had been appointed by the Massachusetts provincial congress in the summer of 1775, along with Dr. Benjamin Church, to greet GW at Springfield, Mass., and provide an escort for him to Cambridge, where GW assumed command of the Continental army (see Letter Sent, 10–11 July 1775, note 1). Named to the court of common pleas for Worcester County, Mass., in 1775, Gill served on the Massachusetts executive council 1775–95 and as lieutenant governor 1795–99, when he became acting governor upon the death of Gov. Increase Summer.
1. GW did not appoint Captain Whitney to any federal office.