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I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your favour of the 23rd ulto.; inclosing a list of the officers who are to compose my Regiment, distributed into companies. I delayed not to convene as many of my officers as could be assembled expeditiously for the purpose of electing a paymaster. A plurality of the votes were in favour of Lieutenant Robert Duncan. The choice met my approbation,...
I can only now, in answer to your favour of the 10th. instant, do myself the honor, to acknowledge the receipt thereof, with its inclosures, consisting of General Brooks arrangement of this state, into districts & also some outlines of a similar nature by Mr. Sedgwick. I shall communicate to Colonel Hunnewell the contents of your Letter & sollicit a consultation with him; But as it may be...
In compliance with your directions, I have proceeded to compleat the division of the State into subdistricts, at least that part of it which constitutes circle 14. I have not yet seen Colonel Hunnewell, & that no further delay might take place I entered on the business without him. It will be perceivd., that I have not exactly conformed to the division of the districts which was sketched by...
Names of the Officers Superintending the Subdistricts Numbers of the Subdistricts The Principal Town or the Rendezvous of the Subdistricts Officers Superin-Tending Districts Plan of District Rendezvous Captain Ashmun No. 1 Pittsfield } Major Walker Springfield Captain Phelps No. 2 Great Barrington Captain Babbitt No. 3 Springfield
Mr Duncan, my Pay Master was unable to compleat his bond in season for this days mail, I enclose it now for tomorrows, to be submitted to the Secretary at war. I requested in a former letter your directions respecting the Person to whom his bond was to be given, but have not had the honor of receiving your answer thereto. In your favour of the 15th you constitute me the judge of the...
In your favour of the 4th you have expressed your assent, that a change in the association of the Officers, might be made for good reasons. On a more mature consideration of the Division of my circle into subdistricts, from the information I have obtained, I am led to fix on Brookfield as the rendevous of a subdistrict; I am confident it will be more beneficial for the recruiting service, the...
By your favour of the 9th you have given me a latitude to exercise my judgment, in entering on the recruiting service or not, previous to the arrival of the cloathing, as I shall judge expedient. I have this day issued my orders for the officers to enter on that service, & I hope it will not be long before the cloathing arrives; I think a district deposit & issue thereof the best mode & the...
I have visited Taunton, Dighton, & Sommerset for the purpose of selecting the most eligible spot for a regimental rendezvous; I am decidedly in favour of Sommerset: It not only embraces the objects which induced you to fix on that spot, but is besides a most healthy situation, in the neighbourhood of a fertile country, abounding with provisions and sufficiently retired, to afford ample...
Your several favours of the 18th. 19th. & 24th. ulto. I have received. I have sent my Quarter Master to Springfield for the arms & have directed him to distribute them to the several companies at their rendesvous, many of which are in the vicinity of Springfield, & will save thereby considerable expence to the public for transportation to the regimental rendesvous. I do not yet find that any...
Your several favours of the 14th, and the 22d instant I have recvd. Severe indisposition of body and deep affliction for the loss of my eldest Son prevented my acknowledging the receipt of the former untill now. I communicated to Capt. Ashmun your ideas, and my opinion on the several subjects of his letter. I have advised Lieut Samuel W. Church this day of the acceptance of his resignation by...
I am sorry to be under the necessity (in conformity with the directions given in the 34th article, in the recruiting instructions), to report to you the desertion of Six recruits, from the district rendezvous at Taunton. I enclose the list forwarded me by Major Winslow who commands there. He writes me, they had expressed some uneasiness at not receiving the remaining four dollars of their...
I have devoted my personal service during the last week intirely to the object of winter quarters for the troops. I had not considered it so difficult to find & obtain a proper position, as on tryal it appeared to be. Many were eligible, as embracing partial advantages, some which comprehended all could not be obtained of the owners at any price, others at so exorbitant ones, that I at once...
On my arrival at this place application was made to me for the discharge of two recruits, being inlisted as was alledged before they were eighteen years old. Capt. Ashman with whom they engagd. in July, says they assured him they were 18. By certificates from the records of the Towns, which they produce to me, one of them, Asa Chamberlin was seventeen the 9th of last April. The other William...
Your favour Circular of 17th Sept. I have receivd. I hope & trust the suggestions therein of the incautious remarks of officers were not applicable to any of my regiment. I am too sensible of the use which would be made by the soldiery of such remarks from their officers, not to have instantly checked them. You request of me a very accurate & special report of the quantity and quality of all...
I am thus far on my way to Oxford in compliance with the instructions contained in your favour of the 17th. ult. I had agreed for the use of the land & the wood at the price I mentioned electional with Government to take it or not. The owner was then averse to selling the soil—perhaps I shall now be able to agree with him for the soil. I trust it is your intention that on my compleating the...
I repaired to Oxford, where I entered into an agreement for the lease of the land of which I made mention in my letter of the 22d Ulto. The owner Mr John Nichols engages to lease to the United States, the whole of said lot described by certain metes & bounds, estimated to contain fifteen acres for the purpose of erecting hutts thereon & for quartering troops therein the two ensuing winter...
Agreeable to your directions, in conjunction with my Majors, I have proceeded to examine the claims of the officers of my regiment, and the result thereof will appear by the inclosed list which I have taken the liberty to make. It would be difficult to state to you, all the principles which governed us in the arrangements, in the application of some which we considered it our duty to...
As by your favour of the 19th ultimo I am requested to select & nominate two persons, whom I should prefer to be appointed Cadets. I now do myself the honor of solliciting that appointment for Mr Edward Le Britton Wilson whom I have named before & Mr Joseph Stickney—a very genteel young man of the Town of Worcester in the Common Wealth—as the two whom I prefer. With great esteem I am   Sir yr...
Since my communication on the subject of the relative rank of my officers, I have become considerably acquainted with them. On a review of the arrangement proposed—If the apparent military Merits of my officers were to be my guide—I should propose the advancement of Captain Mackay to number five or Six among the Captains. And from some hints, I hear he has droped, I suspect he will not serve,...
I arrived at this place the 23d ulto with the recruits belonging to the 14th. Regiment, a return of whom I enclose. The Tools did not arrive in time to enable me to enter on the hutts before the 28th—but by the exertions of both the officers & Men we shall have sufficient for the non Comissd Officers and soldiers completed in another week. Those for the non commissiond Officers & privates...
Your favour of the 5th. instant circular I have received. My influence to induce the consent of the Soldiers to appropriate part of their pay in the purchase of Articles of convenience and ornament shall be made. Half gaiters are very necessary both for ornament & convenience. Socks also or Stockings are greatly needed, for the socks allowed by Government can not be made usefull, they are so...
Captains 1 Ephraim Emery appointd Jany 10th. 1799 1 2 Thomas Chandler do do 2 3 Simeon Draper do do ☞ 7 4 Nathaniel Twing do
I have just receivd your favour of the 14th. inst inclosing a General order for holding a General Court martial. On the arrival of the 15th. and 16th. regt. at this post, I considered myself autherised, by your construction of the articles of war, in your order of the 18th. of June as to the power of appointing general Court martial. To order one—the Prisoners have been tryed & punished. The...
I have had the honor of receiving your favour of the 5th instant inclosing the relative rank of my officers, I feel mortifyed in bringing the subject again before you—nor should I, had you not required of me, to make known to you my definitive opinion, of the propriety of Captain Draper’s being arranged third instead of Seventh in the list. Altho you did not, Sir, suggest your motives for...
Pursuing the System of Œconomy which you laid down as the rule of my conduct & which I think I have invariably made my guide—as soon as the fuel was consumed on the ground which was within the limits I had hired, for the purpose of erecting the hutts—I ventured to purchase a small lot of five or Six acres at about one and a half mile from our ground—and conceiving it better for the troops to...
I enclose you the Commission of Martial Spring a second Lieutenant in my regiment with his request to have permission to resign the same. He has not expressd the reasons which induce him thereto. I suppose however among others, the uncertainty of the establishment has influenced him—many of the officers have it in contemplation, thinking it more eligible now to leave the service, than to...
With the inclosed letter which I received from Lieutenant Flagg of my regiment, I transmit his commission, conceiving it proper to address it to you rather than the Secretary of War. I regret the resignation of this officer, as I had formed flattering expectations from his future services. He belongs to Captain Chandlers company, who also some time since resigned, as he informs me—he anxiously...
In complyance with the wishes of Captain Babbit of my Regiment as will appear by the enclosed copy of a letter I received from him, I transmit his Commission, & with his request unite my wishes that his resignation may be accepted by the Secretary of war. With very great respect   I am Sir your Obt Servant P.S. An arrearage of nearly $3,000 for the pay of the 14th Regt to the 30th of Octr. is...
I have the honor of receiving your favour of the 22d. Ulo., intimating the acceptance of Lieut Springs resignation. Doctor Barron began to render medical assistance at this post the second day of Decer. last. The enclosed letter and certificate I received from the frend of a Soldier in my regiment. The man was inlisted by Lieut Spring who has resignd. I have written to him for a Statement of...
There can be no doubt but that the natural gait of the man ought to be the measure of the pace, uncontrouled by any habit—but each man left to pursue his own, would destroy the Uniformity of movement absolutely necessary in great Bodies—to produce which we ought to adopt one as a standard; That of the man of medium hight would be most eligible. The length of the pace is dependent on the time...
Colonel Peck the Martial at Providence hath applyed to me for a guard to take charge of some French Prisoners there. I have also received an application from Major Jackson of the 2d Regiment of Arts. & Engineers at Fort Wolcott to relieve a detachment of his men doing that duty, intimating, as he had other duty for them, a doubt of the propriety of their doing such duty. As by a late general...
I have communicated to Lieut Flagg this day your information that the President had accepted his resignation. There are a number of Soldiers in my regiment subject to fits, and are thereby rendered unfit for service. My Surgeon is of opinion they are incurable. Many of them are so sollicitous to obtain a discharge, they would gladly procure a man in their room. Would it not be adviseable to...
I feel very forcibly the justice of your reprimand for the neglect, which has taken place in the Pay and Quarter Masters’ departments at this Post. Neither the Colonel, Pay, or Quarter Master, of the 15th. Regiment, is yet on the ground; And but few of the Stores in those departments, belonging to that Regt. have been brought to this post. No Field Officer of the 16th. Regiment is yet here....
By the regulations for the recruiting service the Soldiers were not allowed to possess any articles of clothing except those furnished by Government. Those not being all of the best quality, when received; can not reasonably be supposed to be at this time in the most perfect order. The appearance of my Regiment in this respect, altho not greatly inferior to others, makes but a shabby figure....
I am honored with your favours of the 13th. 17th. and 18th. instant. Our death warrant accompanyed them. To complain is useless. Astonishment at my credulity takes place of every other reflection. And yet I thought it founded on the best authority that could be obtained. Oxford exhibits a scene not dissimilar to our primitive New England fast days. I feel for many of my officers, they left...