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My Health is so much impaired by long Confinement & Application as compels me to retire from Congress. I have the Pleasure to inform your Excellency they have elected his Excellency Thomas McKean Esqr. to be their President. It also gives me much Satisfaction on retiring, to see our public Affairs in many Respects wear a more promising Aspect than heretofore. The Enemy at present in every Part...
Your Excellency will receive enclosed, a Resolve of Congress of the 7th Instant, together with the Extract of a Letter from Governor Greene of the 7th of June which is referred to the Commander in Chief, to take such Order by calling upon the four Eastern States for the Aid of Militia to defend Rhode Island as he shall think necessary. This Reference is made on the Supposition that Governor...
Governor Rutledge some Days since set out from this City for South Carolina. The following is an Extract of a Letter received from him dated Monday July 2. on the Road (probably not far from Fredericktown). "I give you Joy of the Taking Augusta & the Forts at Galphins & above Augusta, the Probability that Ninety Six has some Time ago fallen into our Hands." The Post at Galphins is some fifteen...
LS : Historical Society of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania Library; copies: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, National Archives In my Letter of the 4th of January last I had the Honor to transmit to you Sir the Resolve of Congress of the 21st of December signifying their Desire that you should apply to the Court at which you reside to use Means for the Release & Exchange of the...
I have been honored with your Excellency’s Dispatches of the 16th, 21st, 24th, & 28th Ulto. Have herewith enclosed a Resolve of Congress of the 2d Instant passed in Consequence of your Letter of the 24th Ulto, and hope that your Request for a Corps of Rifle Men will be fully complied with by this State. I have the Honor to be with the highest Respect Sir Your most obedient & most humble...
A disagreable report hath prevaild here that the prisoners lately taken at pensacola were to be sent to N. York. I have caused enquiry to be made on this Subject & the best account that can yet be obtaind is from a Mr Syms lately arrivd from the Havannah al so of his Report taken by Mr Lewis of t he Admiralty herewith enclosd I have thou ght proper to transmit to your Excellency. I cannot...
Your Excellency will receive enclosed, three Acts of Congress. No. 1 of the 16th Instant relative to granting Furloughs & Discharges &c. No. 2 of the 10th containing Regulations for the Department of the Clothier General, also an Order to the Board of War respecting the medical Department and Resolve relative to the Canadians in Col. Hazens Regiment. No. 3 abolishing the Department of...
You will receive herewith enclosed a letter addressed to his most Christian Majesty; with a Copy of the Same for your information. Also a Commission constituting the four gentlemen therein named in addition to yourself our Ministers for negotiating peace. Also another commission and duplicate Authorizing them to accept the Mediation of the Emperor of Germany and Empress of Russia, in one of...
Your Excellency will receive enclosd, a petition from Genl Bailey & others Inhabitants in the Northern Frontier on Connecticutt river; which is referd to the Commander in Chief. Congress are anxious to obtain the release of the late President Laurens from his Confinement and for that purpose have passd a resolve directing our Minister at Versailles to offer Genl Burgoyne in exchange for him,...
(I) LS : American Philosophical Society; copies: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, National Archives; (II) LS : Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Library of Congress; copy: National Archives You will receive herewith enclosed a Letter addressed to his most Christian Majesty, with a Copy of the same for your Information, also a Commission constituting yourself with the four other Gentlemen...
Before this comes to Hand your Excellency will have received my Letter of the 2d Instant with it’s Enclosures, by which you will be informed that a Negotiation for Peace between the Belligerent Powers may probably take Place through the Mediation of the Empress of Russia and Emperor of Germany. In Consequence of which Congress have thought proper to add four other Plenipotentiaries to the...
The united States of America, To all to whom these Presents shall come send Greeting. Whereas his most Christian Majesty our great and beloved Friend and Ally hath informed us by his Minister Plenipotentiary whom he hath appointed to reside near us, that their Imperial Majesties the Empress of Russia and the Emperor of Germany actuated by Sentiments of Humanity and a desire to put a Stop to...
The United States of America in Congress Assembled. To all to whom these presents shall come send Greeting. Whereas these United States from a sincere desire of putting an end to the hostilities between his most Christian Majesty and these United States on the one part, and his Britannic Majesty on the other, and of terminating the same by a peace founded on such solid and equitable principles...
Instructions to the Honble. John Adams Benjamin Franklin John Jay Henry Laurens and Thomas Jefferson ministers plenipotentiary in behalf of the United States to negotiate a Treaty of Peace Gentlemen You are hereby authorized and instructed to concur in behalf of these United States with his most Christian Majesty in accepting the Mediation proposed by the Empress of Russia and the Emperor of...
Your Excellency will receive enclosed, several Resolves of congress, viz., one of the 11th Instant & one of the 13th respecting the Officers in the Hospital & Medical Department, sundry Resolves of the 12th respecting the Convention Prisoners, to be halted for the present in Pennsylvania, the Depreciation to be settled in Behalf of Colonel Armands Legion; and earnestly recommending to the...
A Resolve of Congress of the 2d Instant relative to the Bills emitted in Pursuance of the Act of the 10th of March 1780 is herewith enclosed for the Information of your Excellency. By sunday Prisoners from Charles Town who are exchanged & just arrived at this Port in a Flag, we have received Information which seems not to admit a Doubt, that Lord Raudon had evacuated Camden and retreated to...
I am requested by the Delegates from Pennsylvania to transmit your Excellency the Papers inclosed, containing Petitions, Complaints &c. against Colonel Broadhead—I have the Honor to be with the highest Respect Your Excellency’s Most obedient & most humble Servant DLC : Papers of George Washington. To his Excellency The President and Supreme executive Council of the State of Pennsylvania. The...
Philadelphia, 6 June 1781 . Circular letter to the Governors enclosing a resolution of Congress of 2 June. FC ( DLC : PCC , No. 16); 1 p.; at head of text: “Circular.” Summarized in CVSP, ii William P. Palmer and others, eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers … Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond , Richmond, 1875–93, 11 vols. , 144, from the recipient’s copy which was addressed to TJ.
Your Excellency’s Letter of the 24th Ulto hath been duly received, previous thereto Congress had adopted the Resolution of the 31st Ulto, recommending to the States of Pennsylvania Maryland & Delaware respectively to raise and equip a Number of Troops. The more immediate Object Congress had in View from this Resolution (Copy of which is enclosed) was to give speedy Assistance to those Parts of...
I have been honored with your Excellency’s Letter of the 28th Ulto., previous to which Congress had adopted the Measures contained in their Act of the 31st Ulto., Copy of which is enclosed, for sending Assistance to repel the Enemy in Virginia. No Means in the Power of Congress will be left unessayed to give you all necessary Aid. I am informed some Arms are now on the Way for Virginia, and...
By the enclosed Order of Congress of the 29th Ulto, I am directed to lay before your Excellency the Letter of the 9th Ulto signed A. Fowler &c with the other Papers referred to, which are herewith enclosed. Col. Broadhead is now in this City. The Complaints of the Inhabitants in the Vicinity of Pittsburgh respecting his Conduct are very great, and his with Respect to them are not small. It...
My Letter of yesterday addressed to your Excellency and which accompanies this, contains such important Intelligence, that Congress have thought it indispensible to communicate the same to the Legislatures of the several States through their respective Supreme Magistrates as soon as possible; at the same Time the Intelligence is of a Nature that ought to be kept secret as may be at present. I...
I am directed to inform you that Congress have received undoubted intelligence both from their Minister at the Court of Versailles, and the Minister of France in America by order of his Court, that the Courts of Vienna and Petersburgh have offered their mediation to the belligerent powers for the re-establishment of Peace; That these overtures had been eagerly embraced on the part of Great...
By the enclosed Resolve your Excellency will be informed that the Convention Troops are to be removed from their present Stations. In Consequence of this Resolve the Board of War have ordered them, the Commissioned Officers to East Windsor in Connecticut, the non commissioned Officers and Privates to Rutland in Massachusetts. Would it not be preferable to have them exchanged if it could be...
Your Excellency will receive herewith enclosed, an Act of Congress of the 25th Instant containing the general Principals to be observed in Promotions in the Line of the Army. This Plan hath been adopted upon mature Deliberation, to be observed as a general Rule in Promotions, as subject to the fewest Objections of any that could be devised (though not altogether free from them) under the...
For your Excellency’s Information, I have herewith enclosed several Resolves of the 22d Instant on the Report of the Committee to devise further Ways and Means to carry on the present Campaign &c. I have the Honor to be with the highest Respect Your Excellency’s Most obedient & most humble Servant DLC : Papers of George Washington.
Philadelphia, 24 May 1781 . Encloses the following resolves of Congress of 22 May, and expects “the Necessity as well as the Importance of those Measures will have a suitable Impression upon the States universally, and excite them to a vigorous and punctual Compliance”: (1) “That the whole Debts already due by the united States be liquidated as soon as may be to their Specie Value, and funded,...
I do myself the Honor of transmitting for your Excellency’s Approbation, the enclosed Copies of Despatches from General Greene, from No. 1 to 6, if the Information hath been already communicated (which is probable) by General Greene, the Trouble of perusing these Papers will be unnecessary, the Expence of transmitting them is inconsiderable. By the latest Accounts from Virginia & North...
Your Excellency will receive inclosed, Copies of four Acts of Congress, viz. one of the 10th Instant with the Memorial of Udney Hay to which it relates; one of the 14th and two of the 15th for your Information. I have the Honor to be with very high Regard Your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble Servant DLC : Papers of George Washington. To the Honourable the Continental Congress of the...
Your Excellency will receive enclosed, the Copy of a Resolve of the 17th Instant, recommending to the several Legislatures to enact Laws making further Provision (as specified in the Resolve) to guard against the Abuses and deceitful Practices of the British, by making Use of Papers and Clearances they may take in American Vessels. The Measures recommended in this and the former Resolve of the...
I am favored with yours of the 11th Instant covering the Extract of Intelligence received from Colonel Dayton which proves to be premature. Enclosed is the Copy of a Letter this Moment received from a confidential Person giving the latest authentic Intelligence received relative to the Movements of the British Fleet, though a Report prevails that they have since actually sailed, but the Truth...
Your Excellency will receive enclosed, a Letter from Mathias Halsted with several other Papers, representing the Misconduct of John Adam Deputy Commissary of Prisoners, which they have thought proper to refer to the Commander in Chief, that due Enquiry may be made respecting the Transactions of this Office, and the Facts complained of & stated in those Papers. I have also enclosed the Copy of...
Your Excellency will recieve enclosed a Resolve of Congress of the 26th Instant, authorizing the quarter Master General to appoint Col. Champlin of Newport a Barrack Master to the French Army agreeable to the Sentiments expressed in your Letter of the 21st Instant. Also a Resolve of the same Date with the above mentioned, affixing the Pay of Captain Lieutenant of Artillery, and of Lieutenants...
Philadelphia, 29 Apr. 1781 . Encloses a 20 Apr. 1781 resolution of Congress recommending that certain states make good the depreciation of monthly pay to the officers and soldiers belonging to the regiment of Colonel Moses Hazen who are considered part of their quotas in the same manner as they have done for the officers and soldiers in their respective state lines. FC ( Lb in DNA : RG 360,...
I do myself the Honor of transmitting to your Excellency the enclosed Copy of a Letter from Ebenezer Hazard. You will observe by the Journals of Congress under the 20th of July 1778, Encouragement given to this Gentleman to collect Materials for a History, and a Recommendation to the several States to aid and assist him in such Collection. If any of the Manuscripts &c. to which his Letter...
For your Excellency’s Information, I have herewith enclosed a State of the Debts due from the United States, with the necessary Estimates for the current Year as near as they can be ascertained at present; Copies whereof are transmitted to the several States. Also a resolve of the 23d Instant, directing the Board of War to take effectual Measures for the Removal of all public Stores,...
I have been honored with your Excellency’s Letters of the 16th & 18th Instant. Your Excellency will observe by the enclosed Resolve of this Day, that it is the Sense of Congress on receiving the Information contained in your Letter of the 16th of the Proposals you have made respecting the Exchange of General Burgoyne, that you be authorized to proceed in perfecting the Exchange if you shall...
The United States in Congress assembled, deeming it proper and necessary to communicate to their Constituents in the several States, as fully as can be done, a proper Representation of their national Affairs, the Amount of the public Debts due from the United States, together with the Estimates for the current Year; having examined and agreed to the Report of their Committee on that Subject of...
I am directed to transmit your Excellency the enclosed Copies of Letters, viz., one from his Excellency President Reed to me, the other from Mr Fowler to President Reed, with the consequent Resolve of Congress of the 19th Instant; directing that effectual Measures be taken to make Enquiry into & correct the Abuses therein mentioned and for bringing the Offenders to condign Punishment. This Mr...
Your Excellency will receive herewith enclosed, an Ordinance for establishing Courts for the Trial of Piracies and Felonies committed upon the high Seas, passed in Conformity to the Articles of Confederation. I have the Honor to be with the greatest Respect Your Excellency’s most obedient humble Servant, An Ordinance for establishing Courts for the trial of Piracies and felonies committed on...
Philadelphia, 18 Apr. 1781 . Encloses a resolution of Congress stating that Col. [William] Davies cannot “exercise a civil Appointment while he retains his Rank in the Army.” Postscript: “I have been honoured with your several Despatches of the 26, 28, and 31. of March and 7th. Instant.” RC ( CtY ); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Huntington. Address leaf of RC is in Vi , franked by Huntington...
Philadelphia, 15 Apr. 1781 . Encloses a resolve of Congress of 13 Apr. “directing the Commander in Chief to transmit to the Executives of the several States, Lists of the Names of all the new Levies belonging to each State respectively … and recommending it to the said States to cause Payment to be made to the said new Levies agreeable to such Lists, on Account of the United States.” FC ( DLC...
Your Excellency’s Letters of the 24th & 31st Ulto the 3d & 4th Instant, with the Despatches to which they refer have been received. You will observe by the enclosed Resolve it is the Pleasure of Congress that you employ an additional confidential Secretary, and as many Writers as you shall judge proper to arrange & register the public Letters &c.; and assign them such Salaries as you shall...
Your Excellency will receive enclosed, a resolve of Congress of the 13th Instant, relative to the Mode adopted to pay the new Levies, recommending it to the several States to make Payment. And also directing the future Application of Claimants for Settlement of Accounts, for Payment of liquidated Accounts, for Rank, Discharges, Losses &c., or for resignation. The former Part of this resolve...
Your Excellency will receive enclosed an act of Congress of the 8th. Instant recommending to the Executives of the States of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia respectively to take immediate measures for the removal of all public stores, and also all provisions and forage public and private which will not be necessary for the consumption of the Inhabitants on the Peninsula between the Chesapeak...
I have the honor to enclose copies of letters received this morning which from their impor t ance it is judged necessary to communicate to you with all possible expedition. I have the honor to be Your Excellency’s most obedient humble Servt DLC : Papers of George Washington. By accounts I this day received from New York Two of the inhabitants near the Clove took and carried into Genl Sir Henry...
Philadelphia, 7 Apr. 1781 . Encloses copies of two important letters received this morning from Governor Livingston and General Forman. FC ( Lb in DNA : RG 360, PCC ); 1 p.; at head of text: “To His Excelly. General Washington”; at foot of text: “N.B. The like to the Presidents of Pennsylvania & Delaware & the Governors of Maryland & Virginia.” Enclosures: (1) David Forman to Huntington,...
Enclosed is the Copy of a Resolve which I have transmitted to the Count de Rochambeau & to the Chevalier Destouches by Direction of Congress. I have the Honor to be with very great Esteem & Respect Your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble servant DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I have the Honor of transmitting your Excellency the enclosed Resolve of the 3d Instant, directing the recall of Lieut. General Burgoine and all other Officers Prisoners of War now absent on their Paroles from America to return immediately. It is proper to inform your Excellency that this Resolution is adopted in Consequence of Information, that the late President Laurens is confined in the...
Your Excellency will receive enclosed an Act of Congress of the 2d Instant, wherein they have engaged for the Pay & Subsistence of two. Regiments of Militia & two Regiments of Infantry proposed to be raised by the State of New York, over & above their Quota of Continental Troops, during the Time they shall be in actual Service. The two Regiments of Infantry to be raised for three Years by the...