Adams Papers

To John Adams from Jeduthun Baldwin, 28 March 1776

From Jeduthun Baldwin

New York 28th March 1776


This acknowledges the favour of your Letter dated Feby 18th.1 which I received March 15th the Day that I Received orders to come to this place,2 I came in the 25th. have been round to the Several works that are begun. There will be in a fiew Days a large No. of formidable works Compleated, and men sufficient to defind them.

The great fateague I have had thro’ the winter, and for about 3 weeks making preparation, and carrying on the Several works at Dotchester Point (by reason of Age and other inabilities of Col. Gridly who aforded but little assistance,) I was determined to leave the Service. But upon receiving your Letter, and the favourable Letter to Genl. Heath which were communicated to Genl. Washington, who Said, that he had wrote the Congress, that the pay allowed the Assistent Engineer was not equal to the service, and that he would write again, I was encouraged to come to this place, but however unequal to the Service my abilities may be, I am determined not to continue in it unless Some other provision is made for me.3 I am Sir your Most Obedient Humble Servant,

Jedun. Baldwin

Pray excuse hast.

RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “To the Honble. John Adams Esqr. Member of the Congress Philadelphia”; docketed: “Coll Baldwin Mar 28, 1776.”

1Not found.

2For the orders that brought Baldwin to New York, see General Orders for 14 March (Washington, Writings, ed. Fitzpatrick description begins The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745–1799, ed. John C. Fitzpatrick, Washington, 1931–1944; 39 vols. description ends , 4:394–395).

3For Baldwin’s problems with his pay and rank, see his letter to JA of 21 Jan., notes 11 and 12 (above).

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