From William Griffith
(April 14, 1800)
The text of this letter is unavailable. It relates to the transmittal of a
copy of Griffith's oration on the death of General Washington, viz: An
Oration, delivered To the Citizens of Burlington, on the 22d of February,
1800, in Commemoration of Gen. George Washington, ... By Wm Griffith, Esq.
To which is added A Prayer on the same occasion By Charles H. Wharton, D.D.
... Trenton; Printed by G. Craft MDCCC. Griffith ( 1766-1826), a native of New Jersey, was a prominent lawyer and noted for his legal and historical
From John Dexter
Providence, April 15th, 1800
Madam (Answd by T. Lear May 6)
The Standing Committee of the Society of Cincinnati in the State of
Rhode Island having directed that a copy of Doctor Hitchcock's discourse
on the Death of Your late beloved Partner and their revered President
General be presented to You, I have now the honour of inclosing one to
You and of assuring You,
I am, with great
Your Obedient Servant Jno Dexter2
Mrs. Martha Washington
From John Dexter Esqr April 15, 1800
Enos Hitchcock, D.D. ( 1744-1803), Congregational clergyman, was ordained in 1771.
He served as chaplain in the Revolutionary Army and was present at Ticonderoga, Saratoga,
and witnessed the execution of Andre. On several occasions he preached sermons in the
presence of G.W. He was a prominent member of the Society of the Cincinnati in Rhode
Island. See biographical sketch in D.A.B. Ms discourse, sent to M.W., is entitled: A Discourse
on the Dignity and Excellence of the Human Character; Illustrated in the Life of General George
Washington _____ Delivered February 22, 1800, in the Benevolent Congregational Church in Providence and Published by Request of that Society, Providence, 1800.
John S. Dexter served as a captain in a Rhode Island regiment during the revolution.
He was appointed assistant to the adjutant-general by G.W. on May 24,1779, and promoted
to major in August, 1781. He served until November, 1783. G.W. appointed him supervisor
of the Connecticut district for the collection of duties on distilled spirits. See Writings, 15:137; Writings, 31:234.