Letter from John King to Major General Nathanael Greene

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    [John King to Major General Nathanael Greene June 12, 1779 [RvW Box 1 Folder 5; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Rutland State of Massechusets [sic] 12th June 1779 – Dear Sir Presuming on a casual Acquaintance, that arose from your having Quarters in the same House with myself in the Spring of – 76, and relying on that generosity of Sentiment, which so conspicuously distinguished General Green, at the Time I had the honor of sharing his agreeable Company: I am induced to trespass on his Good Nature at this busy Season [and] to request his attention whilst I explain my motives for this address. I belong to the Civil Branch of Ordnance and was order'd to join the Detachmt. of Artillery in Georgia as Conductor of Stores; on my Passage thither the Ship I embarked on board, together with several others were captured by the Continental Frigates Warren [and]ca on the 7th of April [and] brought into the Port of Boston on the 23rd- The Prisoners were march'd [End Page 1] to this Township, [and] quarter'd with the Inhabitants on signing Parole. To equip myself with Clothes [and] Necessaries sufficient to bear the scorching beams of a torrid Sun, reduced my humble Purse to its last Guinea: the loss of most of those Clothes on our Capture, and the sale of the remainder to defray my Expences since my arrival here, hath render'd my present Situation to the full as envious as that of the naked, starving Lazarus! I have wrote to my Friends in New York for a supply of Cash, but the Journey is so exceedingly prolix and precarious, and my Necessities so very laconic [and] pressing, that I must inevitably starve if some Guardian Angel doth not extend an [sic] helping Hand. In giving this minute detail of my present Situation, I am induced to hope from your benevolence [and] the high regard oft express'd for my dearest Friend Mr. Abrm. Livingston, that You will graciously please to grant me a Parole to [End Page 2] to go to New York, in order to effect my Exchange – If there is no Impropriety in such an Indulgence, You will confer infinite Obligations on me, by returning a favourable Answer to this my earnest Request. May you be crown'd with Health and Laurels is the sincere Prayer of – Your most devoted Servant Jno. [John] King [End Page 3] [P.S.] Major General Green [and]c.a [Addressed:] Major General Green [and]ca. Head-Quarters Middle-Brook. [Endorsed: sideways in margin] From Jno. King Rutland 12th June 79. [Endorsed: upside down] From John King 12 June 1779. [End Page 4]
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    [John King to Major General Nathanael Greene June 12, 1779 [RvW Box 1 Folder 5; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Rutland State of Massechusets [sic] 12th June 1779 – Dear Sir Presuming on a casual Acquaintance, that arose from your having Quarters in the same House with myself in the Spring of – 76, and relying on that generosity of Sentiment, which so conspicuously distinguished General Green, at the Time I had the honor of sharing his agreeable Company: I am induced to trespass on his Good Nature at this busy Season [and] to request his attention whilst I explain my motives for this address. I belong to the Civil Branch of Ordnance and was order'd to join the Detachmt. of Artillery in Georgia as Conductor of Stores; on my Passage thither the Ship I embarked on board, together with several others were captured by the Continental Frigates Warren [and]ca on the 7th of April [and] brought into the Port of Boston on the 23rd- The Prisoners were march'd [End Page 1] to this Township, [and] quarter'd with the Inhabitants on signing Parole. To equip myself with Clothes [and] Necessaries sufficient to bear the scorching beams of a torrid Sun, reduced my humble Purse to its last Guinea: the loss of most of those Clothes on our Capture, and the sale of the remainder to defray my Expences since my arrival here, hath render'd my present Situation to the full as envious as that of the naked, starving Lazarus! I have wrote to my Friends in New York for a supply of Cash, but the Journey is so exceedingly prolix and precarious, and my Necessities so very laconic [and] pressing, that I must inevitably starve if some Guardian Angel doth not extend an [sic] helping Hand. In giving this minute detail of my present Situation, I am induced to hope from your benevolence [and] the high regard oft express'd for my dearest Friend Mr. Abrm. Livingston, that You will graciously please to grant me a Parole to [End Page 2] to go to New York, in order to effect my Exchange – If there is no Impropriety in such an Indulgence, You will confer infinite Obligations on me, by returning a favourable Answer to this my earnest Request. May you be crown'd with Health and Laurels is the sincere Prayer of – Your most devoted Servant Jno. [John] King [End Page 3] [P.S.] Major General Green [and]c.a [Addressed:] Major General Green [and]ca. Head-Quarters Middle-Brook. [Endorsed: sideways in margin] From Jno. King Rutland 12th June 79. [Endorsed: upside down] From John King 12 June 1779. [End Page 4]
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    [John King to Major General Nathanael Greene June 12, 1779 [RvW Box 1 Folder 5; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Rutland State of Massechusets [sic] 12th June 1779 – Dear Sir Presuming on a casual Acquaintance, that arose from your having Quarters in the same House with myself in the Spring of – 76, and relying on that generosity of Sentiment, which so conspicuously distinguished General Green, at the Time I had the honor of sharing his agreeable Company: I am induced to trespass on his Good Nature at this busy Season [and] to request his attention whilst I explain my motives for this address. I belong to the Civil Branch of Ordnance and was order'd to join the Detachmt. of Artillery in Georgia as Conductor of Stores; on my Passage thither the Ship I embarked on board, together with several others were captured by the Continental Frigates Warren [and]ca on the 7th of April [and] brought into the Port of Boston on the 23rd- The Prisoners were march'd [End Page 1] to this Township, [and] quarter'd with the Inhabitants on signing Parole. To equip myself with Clothes [and] Necessaries sufficient to bear the scorching beams of a torrid Sun, reduced my humble Purse to its last Guinea: the loss of most of those Clothes on our Capture, and the sale of the remainder to defray my Expences since my arrival here, hath render'd my present Situation to the full as envious as that of the naked, starving Lazarus! I have wrote to my Friends in New York for a supply of Cash, but the Journey is so exceedingly prolix and precarious, and my Necessities so very laconic [and] pressing, that I must inevitably starve if some Guardian Angel doth not extend an [sic] helping Hand. In giving this minute detail of my present Situation, I am induced to hope from your benevolence [and] the high regard oft express'd for my dearest Friend Mr. Abrm. Livingston, that You will graciously please to grant me a Parole to [End Page 2] to go to New York, in order to effect my Exchange – If there is no Impropriety in such an Indulgence, You will confer infinite Obligations on me, by returning a favourable Answer to this my earnest Request. May you be crown'd with Health and Laurels is the sincere Prayer of – Your most devoted Servant Jno. [John] King [End Page 3] [P.S.] Major General Green [and]c.a [Addressed:] Major General Green [and]ca. Head-Quarters Middle-Brook. [Endorsed: sideways in margin] From Jno. King Rutland 12th June 79. [Endorsed: upside down] From John King 12 June 1779. [End Page 4]
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    [John King to Major General Nathanael Greene June 12, 1779 [RvW Box 1 Folder 5; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Rutland State of Massechusets [sic] 12th June 1779 – Dear Sir Presuming on a casual Acquaintance, that arose from your having Quarters in the same House with myself in the Spring of – 76, and relying on that generosity of Sentiment, which so conspicuously distinguished General Green, at the Time I had the honor of sharing his agreeable Company: I am induced to trespass on his Good Nature at this busy Season [and] to request his attention whilst I explain my motives for this address. I belong to the Civil Branch of Ordnance and was order'd to join the Detachmt. of Artillery in Georgia as Conductor of Stores; on my Passage thither the Ship I embarked on board, together with several others were captured by the Continental Frigates Warren [and]ca on the 7th of April [and] brought into the Port of Boston on the 23rd- The Prisoners were march'd [End Page 1] to this Township, [and] quarter'd with the Inhabitants on signing Parole. To equip myself with Clothes [and] Necessaries sufficient to bear the scorching beams of a torrid Sun, reduced my humble Purse to its last Guinea: the loss of most of those Clothes on our Capture, and the sale of the remainder to defray my Expences since my arrival here, hath render'd my present Situation to the full as envious as that of the naked, starving Lazarus! I have wrote to my Friends in New York for a supply of Cash, but the Journey is so exceedingly prolix and precarious, and my Necessities so very laconic [and] pressing, that I must inevitably starve if some Guardian Angel doth not extend an [sic] helping Hand. In giving this minute detail of my present Situation, I am induced to hope from your benevolence [and] the high regard oft express'd for my dearest Friend Mr. Abrm. Livingston, that You will graciously please to grant me a Parole to [End Page 2] to go to New York, in order to effect my Exchange – If there is no Impropriety in such an Indulgence, You will confer infinite Obligations on me, by returning a favourable Answer to this my earnest Request. May you be crown'd with Health and Laurels is the sincere Prayer of – Your most devoted Servant Jno. [John] King [End Page 3] [P.S.] Major General Green [and]c.a [Addressed:] Major General Green [and]ca. Head-Quarters Middle-Brook. [Endorsed: sideways in margin] From Jno. King Rutland 12th June 79. [Endorsed: upside down] From John King 12 June 1779. [End Page 4]
Title:
Letter from John King to Major General Nathanael Greene
Creator:
King, John
Date:
1779-06-12
Description:
Letter from John King to Major General Nathanael Greene detailing the aspects of his capture and requesting funds in order to procure his release.
Collection:
Charleston Museum Collection of Revolutionary War Letters
Contributing Institution:
The Charleston Museum Archives
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786--Correspondence, Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786--Military service, Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786--Military leadership, Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786
Topical Subject:
War, armed forces, and society
Geographic Subject:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783, United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--American forces
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
image/jpeg
Digitization Specifications:
800 ppi, 24-bit depth, color, Epson Expression 10000XL, Archival Masters are tiffs.
Copyright Status Statement:
Public domain.
Access Information:
For more information contact The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403.