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I have taken the liberty to present Your Excellency, with the Copy of an Address to the Armies under your command, which war begun for my own amusement, compleated with the Design suggested in the introduction, and suffered to be published, on the representation of my friends, that it might in some measure answer so valuable and important a purpose. Should it be so fortunate as to have any...
General Greene, directs me to inform your Excellency, that from the best intelligence he is able to obtain, the Enemy are now out in force, with seventeen Pieces of Artillery—At first they made a demonstration of acting on his right; and large parties were seen from the heights of Springfield filing off in that direction: A considerable Column, in the mean time advanced on his left, where...
His Excellency the Commander in Chief requests your Lordship immediately to detach two Regiments to the Landing place opposite to Spiten Devil Creek—they will remain there only this night and therefore need not take their Tents with them. I have the honor to be Your Lordships Most Obedient & Most Hble Servant NHi : Alexander Papers.
In the absence of Colonel Hamilton, His Excellency opened your Letter of this day, and directs me to request you will have Carriages prepared to transport the two Boats you mention—but that you will not send for them until you receive further Orders from him. I am with great esteem Your Most Obed. Servt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
His Excellency requests you will be pleased to send an Express to the Marquis LaFayettes Quar. early tomorrow Morning to go to Kings Ferry—If Lt Col. Smith of the Light Infantry goes, he will carry the Letters, and the Express will be unnecessary. I am Sir Your Most Obedt Servt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
I have the honor to acquaint you, by command of His Excellency, that Captain Welles has received instructions from him, respecting the Guards Boats on the River; which he is directed to communicate to You; and to request you will be pleased to order four or five of the lightest & best Boats at West Point or its dependencies, to be furnished for their service. I have the honor to be With the...
If the Boats which were with the Army, have not yet been brought on to Kings-Ferry, His Excellency requests no time may be lost in having it done, by impressing Teams, or other the most efficacious means; and that they may be forwarded to Murderers Creek immediately, to be laid up there, together with such Boats as may be sent from West Point in consequence of the General Order of the...
In the absence of His Excellency, who is gone to Fish Kill Landing in company with Genl Chattelux, I have recd your Letter to him of Yesterday. I know it to be perfectly agreeable to the General that Capt. Welles should be furnished with the Boats proposed, as he had previously directed me to write to the Quarter Mastr Genl to that purpose. I have the honor to be Your Most Obedt Servt MHi :...
Memorandum of a Plan, for Surprizing, and bringing off Genl Knyphausen or the Commanding Officer of the Posts on the North End of York Island, from Morris’s House. 1. The Detachment for this Enterprize ought to consist of nearly 100 Men, to be transported in 10 Whale Boats, but a less number of both may possibly do. 2. In order to prevent suspicion of the real object, a Capt. & 50 Oarsmen...
I am commanded by His Excellency to inform you that there is a considerable quantity of Flour now at Ringwood, which it is of the last importance to have thrown into the Garrison of West Point, before the Roads become impassable—He requests you therefore to have every means made use of for bringing it forward without a moment’s loss of time, by impressing teams, or any other Mode which you...
I have it in command from the General, who is gone to West Point to transmit your Excellency the purport of the favorable intelligence received last Night by Express from Trenton. The Pennsylvanians have given a decided & unequivocal proof of their attachment to the Country, and determination not to join the Enemy; by delivering up to General Wayne, an Emissary sent by the Enemy to tamper with...
I have laid Your Letter of this day before his Excellency, who directs me to inform You that he believes the Orders of Major Genl Heath to have originated from a request lately made, to have a full investigation into the issues of Provision at the several Po sts; but that this was not designed particularly for Your Department—Which may yet be put on such a footing in this particular as to give...
His Excellency has received such intelligence as induces him, to direct the preparations, which were making for Marching the Detachment to be discontinued: You will be pleased therefore, to Order the Horses (should any have been brought in), to be returned, & that no more should be procured without further Instructions from him. The want of Forage has become so distressing, and all our...
His Excellency has just heard of the revolt of the Jersey Troops, and directs me to inform you that he is determined at all hazards to put a stop to such proceedings, which must otherwise prove the inevitable disolution of the Army. He requests therefore you will be pleased to order a Detachment to be made out from the Garrison & other Troops under your command, of five or six hundred of the...
I have it in command from His Excellency to inform you, that he would have you continue Your Detachment together, and hold it in the most perfect readiness to act agreeable to the orders you may receive from him. And that you will not return to West point, according to his Letter of this day by Col. Barber, as the Detachment may be necessary where it is, since the defection of the Jersey...
A Detachment of 600 Men is to march immediatly from West Point—His Excellency requests that three Pieces of Artillery, with a sufficient quantity of Spare Ammunition May be in readiness; And that you will instantly make out the Necessary Arrangement with the Q.M.Gl. I am Sir Your Most Obet Servt (Copy) DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
The General entreats you will not remit your endeavours to have the Horses for the Artillery ready as early as possible. The pieces will positively be put in motion as soon as the Horses are obtained—He also requests that a number of Tents & intrenching Tools in the same proportion for 600 Men, which the other arrangement gave for the former Detachment may be sent on; if Horses are not redy...
I am directed by His Excellency the Commander in Cheif to inform you, that the Detachment of Artillery ordered yesterday, is to march, the moment Horses are furnished by the Qr Mastr General. The General further signifies his pleasure that The Commanding Officer should have directions to move to Ringwood, and there receive The Orders of Major Gen. Howe—or if the Detachment under his Command...
I have by direction of His Excellency to inform you—that Report has been made to him, the new Road to West Point is so far opened, as to be passable by Sleighs: he requests therefore that the flour which he understands is on the communication may be thrown directly into the Garrison, by that way, as being the most convenient & expeditious made, while the sleighing. I am Dear Sir With great...
I have laid your Letter of this day, together with the enclosure before His Excellency the Commander in Chief, who is pleased to grant his free Pardon to William Hart, agreeably to the request of Capt. Hubbell, and yourself. I am Sir. &c. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
The bearer Mr Perote waits upon you by His Excellency’s direction—If it can be made to appear satisfactorily to you, that the Cattle were applied to the public use—the General would have some compensation made for them. Mr Perote’s character & circumstances plead in his favor; but a precedent should not be established, notwithstanding, which will do injustice to the Public. I am Sir &c. DLC :...
It having been found necessary to reestablish a Chain of Expresses from Head Quarters to Rhode Island—the communication will be kept up, by Dragoons, from the last mentioned place to Litchfield inclusive: from whence The General would have the Chain continued by Riders furnished from your Department: One Stage (exclusive of Fish–kill, where there are always Expresses) he supposes will be...
Mr Gamble reports there are 800 Barrels of flour at Morris Town, and 200 at Ringwood—Tho the General does not doubt your Agents have instructions on the subject of forwarding it, and that Measures are taking for the purpose—Yet he thinks the Roads so favorable now, that more than usual efforts ought to be made, to improve the opportunity by calling forth the whole strength of the Country for...
The present season being very favorable to the transportation of Logs for raffts to support the Chain—the General wishes attention may be paid to this Matter. I am Dear Sir Your Most Obedt Humble Servant DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
The General consents that the Cloathing should go by the way of Morris Town, but would not have it delayed, by any means, on the Road. The Congress will wait, for some time, we shall have Letters to go by him in an hour. Be pleased to forward the Dispatches for Rhode Island. I am Sir Your Most Obed. Servt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
His Excellency will be at West Point before 10 OClock to morrow Morng (Nothing extraordinary happening to prevent it) and wishes if practical that Horses might be provided for him to visit the outer Works. I have the honor to be Dear Sir Your Most Obed. Humble Servt P.S. The General will not go if the Weather proves rainy. MHi : Heath Papers.
I have received your report respecting the Teams and presented it to His Excellency, who directs me to inform you, that if upon the return of the person you Mention; the necessary Teams shall not be furnished—He will Order a Detachment of Horse to obtain them, under Your direction, in such a Manner, as shall be most equitable & least burdensome to the People. I am Dear Sir Your Most Obed....
The Officer or Non Commissioned Officer commanding the Detachment of the Marichausie Corps now with the Army, will receive Orders from the Quartr Master General respecting impressing of Teams, and carry the same into execution. By Command of His Excellency the Commander in Cheif DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
His Excellency wishes the distribution of the State Cloathing of Massachusetts may not be made, until the arrival of the Officer send by the Marquis to procure Cloathing for the Detachment of the Massachusetts line under his Command—As a part of that Cloathing may be necessary for these Troops—Capt. Heart, the bearer, informs the Officer may be expected every Moment. I have the honor to be...
His Excellency wishes to be informed what success has attended the Measures taken for the transportation of the flour from Ringwood—what number of Teams were procured by the last impress &c. He also requests that you will direct the Forage Master Genl to provide Pasture, as convenient as possible to Head Quarters for the Horses which belong to himself & his Family. We shall shortly be much...
It is His Excellency’s pleasure that One of the two Prisoners, belonging to the Massachusetts Line, now under sentence of Death for desertion, should be pardoned. He therefore requests that you will be pleased to Order that One of the two Culprits, whose crime shall appear to you the least aggravated, to be finally pardoned, and released from his confinement. I have the honor to be With the...
I am commanded by His Excellency to forward the enclosed Letters from Genl Heath and Major Reese, and to inform you, that he is utterly averse to a military impress, except on great occasions, and when no other expedients can be devised to answer the end proposed. Because he apprehends it may tends to irritate the minds and alienate the affections of the well disposed people from the Army,...
I am directed by His Excellency the Commander in Cheif to inform you that the Troops of the Massachusetts Line may receive four Months Pay. I have the honor to be Your most Obedt Servant DLC : Papers of George Washington.
His Excellency directs me to inform you, that he has just received a Letter from Col. Udny Hay, inclosing one from the Bd of War, in which the same measure of putting up a quantity of Fish on this River is advised, which has been already adopted: Col. Hay mentions that Mr Morrell, Major Wyckoff, Judge Wyncoop of Esopus & Col. Stoukenburgh of Albany, would be proper persons to be employed in...
His Excellency (who has just rode out with Colonel Menonville first Deputy Adjutant General of the French Army) desired me to inform you, that he will be at West Point tomorrow Morng if the weather is fair : that he must return before dinner, and will expect the pleasure of your company up the river, if your health, & occasions will permit. I have the honor to be With perfect respect Dear Sir...
His Excellency directs that the Detachment which may be call’d for by the Quarter Master General from Col. Hazen’s Regt should be furnish’d to conduct an Impress under his direction. I am Sir your humble Servt NHi : Hugh Hughes Papers.
I am directed by His Excellency to send you the inclosed, to be issued tomorrow, He also requests (if possible) that from the result of your inspection, or by the return of the Recruits who have joined since the first of April, you will afford the means (this evening) of assertaining our present force with great precision. I have the Honor to be With perfect respect, Your Most Obt Servt P.S....
I am directed by His Excellency to send you the enclosed to be issued to morrow. He also requests (if possible) that from the result of your inspection, or by the Return of the Recruits who have joined since the first of April, you will afford the Means (this evening) of ascertaining our present force with great precision. I have the honor to be with perfect respect Your Most Obed. Servant...
The Duke de Lauzun will set out for New Port, by day break to morrow Morning. His Excellency requests therefore that you will not fail to have as good a Horse as you can procure ready for the Duke by that time at Fish Kill Landing, and also a person with another Horse to attend upon him and bring back the former, As the Duke proposes exchanging Horses at Storms’s or the next stage beyond where...
His Excellency requests you will have the Letters sent herewith, delivered to the Commanding Officer of Col. Hazen’s Regt before his departure for Albany. I am Sir your hble Servt Privately owned.
His Excellency requests the favor of your Company at dinner tomorrow if you are not engaged. At any rate he wishes to see you some time to morrow without fail, & that you will bring with you, an accurate state of the Troops under your command, and also of Major Porter’s Detachment; noting the present strength, and the number of men who from weakness or any kind of inability, are not very...
The General desires that you will give directions not to have any of the Beef Cattle distributed to Brigades or killed, untill you have been at Head Quarters, reported the number & received instructions—He also desires that no pork may be issued while there is salted Beef. I am Sir your Hble Servant MH .
The Commander in Cheif, directs that the three new Whale Boats built at Wappings Creek under the Superintendance of Mr Sheaf, should be made use of as Guard Boats—Captain Pray will apply to Major General McDougal for the same, or if Genl McDougal has sent them to the Orders of Major Darby—Majr Darby will be pleased to deliver these three Boats to Capt. Pray, on his Order—Should they already be...
It is his Excellencys request, that you will take Immediate, & Effectual, measures to have such a number of the Beef Cattle from the Eastern part of Connecticut, and that part of Massachusetts Contiguous to Rhode Island, furnish’d for the Militia stationed at Rhode Island that they may not be under the Necessity of Consumeing a single Barrel of Salted provision,the Salted provision to be...
I am Commanded by his Excellency the Commander in Cheif to inform you that five of the Enemys’ Vessels passed Dobbs ferry up the river just at Evening one of 22 another of 16 Guns the other three smaller—and to direct that no more Vessels or Boats whatever be permitted to come down the river untill further Orders—You will be particularly Vigilant at your Post, communicate the same intelligence...
His Excellency desires you will either go yourself, or send some Gentleman of your Department to the White Plains to examine the Position, number & state of the Ovens at that Place; & to report to him tomorrow Morng where they are, What number there are, what quantity of Bread they will Bake pr day, & what condition they are now in, with as much accuracy & precision as possible. I am Sir Your...
I have spoken to His Excellency—He has no objections to your going to Newborough for two or three days, he requests you to take charge of the Letter for Gen. McDougal. The General also desires you to see General Du Portail before you go to West Point, respecting the Materials for the Chevaux de Frize which Genl Du Portail has in contemplation. He likewise requests you will make particular...
In order to answer the Questions stated in your Memorandum to me respecting Tents, His Excellency thinks it necessary that it should be ascertained whether there are now a sufficient number of Tents in the several State Lines (including the Tents with their Detachments) to cover the Troops of those Lines, if they should be collected & augmented nearly to the Establishment? If this should be...
His Excellency the Commander in Cheif desires you will take immediate and effectual measures, to ascertain with certainty the quantity of salted Provision now lying on or near Connecticut River, specifying by actual Returns the kind, & quality of it, and the Places where it is deposited—also the quantity now in the Magazine at Providence—and whether the salted Provision has been transported...
His Excellency the Commander in Cheif, is pleased to direct that Lt Holden of Your Regt should continue to duty with the Corps of Guards untill further Orders. I am Sir Your Most Obedt Servt DLC : Papers of George Washington.