George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Montgomery, 20 September 1796

Sepr 20th 1796


As you have in Yours of this instant informed me that every thing relative to the Cutter has been done by your Directions I must take the Liberty of requesting a Reason for my not being called on to attend and am very Happy to find it is to you I must apply for an explanation of what appears to me in the light of an Insult which neither my Conduct nor Spirit can Brook if there is the slightest shadow of Fault in my discharge of every Duty I demand an examination of the most minute Parts of it if not I surely am not to be considered as a Cypher in Business in which I am Undoubtedly most Interested.

Whilst I have the Honour to Hold a Commission under the President of the United States I must consider any Unmerited Insult to myself in my Official Capacity as a Want of that Respect due to his Appointment I must beg leave to observe I mean not to be deficient in that Respect due to Mr Wollcott both as a Gentleman and in his Official Character and am with respect your most obedient Humble Servant

James Montgomery

DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.

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