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Had the honor of receiving your Excellencies Letter dated the 25th Inst. In answer to which beg leave to Observe that in the Conversation had with you we mentioned our willingness to settle the disputes between the Officers and us upon any equitable Mode you might direct. When Colonels Humphrey & Trumbull Called upon us in order to settle those differences they proposed that the Commander in...
We the field officers of the army, station’d in the Highlands, for the officers & Soldiers under our respective commands, as well as for ourselves, beg leave to represent to your Excellency sundry grievances we labour under by the terms of the late contracts for victualling the army, & garrisons in this Vicinity, & difficulties, occasioned by the resolves of the Honbe Congress of the 22d of...
MS (Virginia State Library). Bieniewsky’s proposals and the translation of them were enclosed by the Virginia delegates in their letter of 4 June 1782 to Harrison ( q.v. ). The document in French is docketed, “Count de Beniouskys Proposals [June 4. 1782].” The document in English is in the hand of Theodorick Bland. Having “acquired French” in his sojourns abroad, Bland was probably also the...
MS ( NA : PCC , No. 19, II, 341, 341a, 342–44). In JM’s hand. Docketed: “Report of the Committee on the Letters from Dr. Franklin &c. were referred Passed May 31 1782.” Several actions by Congress, not mentioned in the printed journal, explain the contrast in emphasis between the docket, above, and the prefatory sentence of the report, below. On 27 May Congress had referred to JM, Abraham...
705530th. Thursday. (Adams Papers)
This forenoon I went to the shops with Mr. Artaud and bought some things. Mr. Artaud dined at Mr. Rimberts. In the afternoon Mr. Hoogwerst came to see us. Pretty good weather.
After I had wrote the letter of yesterday and sent it off, I recieved your favours of the 4th. 21. 27 of Feby, 10. &c. 11 of March; the three last I laid before Congress this morning, that of the 21st. I have kept by me for further consideration, tho’ I think upon the whole, as you have submitted them to my discretion, that I shall lay it also before Congress. I know they have been very...
Quoique nous ayons fait tout ce que nous avons pu pour Tacher de trouver quelqu’un qui voulut Se charger de la Maison, que nous eumes L’honneur de Louër a Votre Excellce. en notre qualité, il ne S’est trouvé personne, qu’apresent; Mais Comme l’on en Veut donner que f 1200. de Soyer par an, nous n’avons pas osé y Consentir Sans L’aveux de Votre Excellce. en egart a la perte qu’elle y auroit En...
Although we have done everything possible to try to find someone who wants to take over the house that we, in our capacity, had the honor to rent to your excellency, we had not found anyone until now. But, since they only want to pay f 1,200 in rent per year, we have not dared to agree to it without your excellency’s consent, considering the loss that will result from it. We very humbly ask...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Le porteur de la présente, Mr. De Berenger, Chargé d’Affaires de France à la Haie depuis cinq ans, allant faire un voyage à Paris, veut bien me faire la double faveur de le présenter, & de le présenter à vous: & il m’est bien agréable de vous le faire connoître comme aussi parfaitement bien intentionné pour la cause Américaine, que zélé pour le service &...
ALS and two LS : University of Pennsylvania Library; AL (draft): New-York Historical Society; copy and transcript: National Archives Since my last of the instant, I have been honoured with yours of the 30th. March together with a copy of Mr. Adam’s Letter to you & the English papers—for all of which I am extreamly obliged to you. I am not at all disappointed at the manner in which the British...
7061General Orders, 30 May 1782 (Washington Papers)
The celebration of the birth of the Dauphin of France which was to have taken place this day is Postponed till Tommorrow the 31st Instant. After Orders. 30th May 82. The tenth Massachusetts Regiment is to go into Tents as soon as possible on the most convenient grounds, near Nellsons Point. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
As I concieve myself under the Protection of a Treaty in which the Honor & Faith of Nations are the Pledges, I have nothing to apprehend but from Hasty Resolves—I must therefore trouble your Excellency with those reasons that induce me to wish any final determination may be deferred untill Sr Guy Carleton can be thoroughly informed of the circumstances of my Confinement—From the Orders your...
I have the Pleasure to inform your Excellency that from the Account brought in here, the French Fleet from France is by this time arrived in Virginia, they having Sailed upwards of two Months & was Seen six Days ago off New York standing to the S.W. the Wind at N.E.—the above Acct we have by some Men landed on Block Island from on Board an English Frigate that was Chac’d by them & escap’d...
I sent your Excelency an account of the Corrisspondence which might be carried on between Capt. Thomas Johnson and the Enemy by Genll Lincoln and also other matters relating the Transactions of the leading men in Vermont with the Enemy &c. as those matters Seem to be ripening fast and Exspect they will be Soon put them Into Execution I Send Capt. Bayley with the Letters and accounts from Sd...
My Affection for your person and my Veneration for your Character, prompt Me to take that Liberty I now do. Those Motives, and my Want of Information respecting Circumstances, will, I hope, procure Me your Forgiveness. It is asserted here, that a British Officer taken at Yorktown, is to be executed in Retaliation for Mr Huddy, as General Carleton has not delivered up the person principally...
To suffer me to lay before you a brief, yet imperfect, narrative of my observations while a prisoner in Canada & how matters have since been conducted. Some time in the month of March 1781 I was surprized in the middle of the Night, at a house about twenty miles from home, by a party of Enemy from Canada consisting of ten men under the Command of one Capt. Azariah Prichard, formerly an...
To indulge me while I say That in the month of March 1781 I was taken a prisoner as set forth in my narrative, continued in Canada untill Sept. when I obtained liberty to return home on Parole which I could effect only by engaging to carry on a Correspondance with them. This was my view to get what intelligence I was able respecting their plans and movements—And in hopes to be exchanged I...
The night before last Captain Ludlow of the guards, came to this City with letters for General Carleton soliciting his attention to Captain Asgill of the guards—the person to whose lot it falls to suffer for the crimes of others. Major Gordon is here with Capt. Asgill and wishes to attend him into the Jersies as his friend—they will leave this City this evening or in the morning—The Officers...
I am sorry that necessity so often obliges me to call your Excellencys attention from matters of more concernment to my individual situation. The industry of Brigadier General Hazen and his good wishes towards me has enabled him to collect sufficient materiels for bringing me to a second tryal, and he has put me in arrest for "disobedience of orders, unmilitary conduct, and for ungentleman and...
As the season had arived when it was common for the Enemy to send scouts to Infest these parts Colo. Willet and myself agreed it was best to counteract their plan if possable, for that purpose Deteached Majr Wait: 2 Capn 4 Subs. 4 Sergt and 80 rank & file to proceed to Onidia Castle and lay in Ambush. also 60 rank & file properly officered to march on the road toward Bucks Island for the same...
Resolved that a Committee of five to wit George Mason, Thomas Jefferson, Arthur Lee, Edmund Randolph and Thomas Walker Esquires be appointed and vested with full Powers to collect all Documents and Proofs necessary for establishing the Right of this State to it’s Western Territory as stated by the Act of Government in 1776. To state such Right and apply the Proofs in Support thereof. That the...
707229th. Wednesday. (Adams Papers)
In the afternoon Mr. D. took a ride. Stay’d at home all day. Very windy weather.
Your Excellency will permit me to Congratulate you on you having before This embraced the noble Sufferer Mr Lawrens. I wish I had been a witness of the mutual pleasure you had in meeting one Another in a free Republick. I doubt not that your Excellency has recievd the Pamphlets, which I sent by Mr Myers, and Mr Hollis Memoirs, conveyed to you by my Friend Mr Ridley. The Copy which Mr B Hollis...
It is with equal Surprize and concern that I find not the least attention paid to the several Letters I have written you since I have had the honor to be in Office. I attributed this to their not having reached you, till I saw an extract of a letter which I had written to Mr Dumas, and which went by the Same conveyance with one to you published in the Courier de l’Europe, from which...
Four LS : American Philosophical Society (two), Historical Society of Pennsylvania (two); copies: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Library of Congress (two) I do myself the Honor to enclose you Copies of two Acts of Congress one of the fifth of June, and the other of the eighteenth of June 1779 relating to the affairs of Mr: de beaumarchais. You will observe Sir that you was authorized to...
7076General Orders, 29 May 1782 (Washington Papers)
The troops are to be supplied with an extra jill of rum ⅌ man Tomorrow. Ater orders. At a brigade General Court Martial held in the York Line the 22d Instant whereof Lieutenant Colonel Vandyke is president—Captain Leonard Bleeker of the first York regiment was Tried, being charged with ungentleman-like behavior, in striking and abusing Ensign Woodruff on the evening of the fourth of March...
I was this morning honored with yours of the 28th. I have written to captain Pray to observe a conduct conformably to your Excellency’s instructions in all cases respecting flags and persons going to, or coming from the enemy’s lines, without the least deviation. I have not been able to obtain any intelligence or papers since those I sent last—have been expecting some for several days—am as...
Captain Pray has just written me that he lately sent a serjeant and two men as a patrole down below the block-house at Dobbs’ ferry as far as the ship, to observe if there was not a communication kept up with the main. The ship’s boat with the lieutenant on board came over to the Jersey shore after two deserters who had crossed—the serjeant and two men fired on the boat and drove her off—it is...
I have the honor to enclose the resignation of John Lawrence Esqr, Judge Advocate Genl. for the determination of Congress thereon, & to solicit, upon its being accepted a successor may be appointed to him—I have further to inform you that Mr Edwards a Liutt. in the 9th Mass. Regt is now the only Depy Judge Advocate with the Army, of whose capacity to fill the Office as a Principal, I am not...
Colo. Varick being in great Distress for his Money, & fearg, from an Expression in yours of 23d ulto, that its Delay is owing to his not havg sent forward a Receipt, has left one with me for the Sum of 800 Dollars which I now transmit & beg that he may receive the Money ⅌ the first safe Conveyance. I am &ca DLC : Papers of George Washington.
Agreeably to your Excellencys directions, through Col. Smith, I have taken up Mr Pier Depeyster as a spy in the employ of the Enemy—I send him this Instant to the Jersey Camp where care will be taken of him untill further orders. I send Mr Abm Cadmus by Lieut. Rhea to Head Quarters. Mr Rhea will inform your Excellency of the particulars relating him. I enclose the latest Papers & am With the...
I have been favoured with your Excellency’s letter of the 15th instant, which would have been acknowledged by the subsequent post, had I not been made to expect a small supply of money the same week, by the bearer of which I meant to write to your Excellency: but in this expectation also I was disappointed. My long continuance here has distressed me exceedingly; but it appeared to me that the...
I have been honored with your two Letters of the 21st & 23d of this Month. Your Excellency’s reply to Dean’s Letter I read with great Satisfaction—and the pleasure was hightened by findg that it contained not only your own Sentiments, but also conveys the Sense of the Legislative Body of your State—From a variety of circumstances I view the present, as the most critical Moment, that we have...
I think it best, under present Circumstances, that you should remain in your present Command untill the Arrival of Colo. Reed, or the removal of the Troops from Albany. I wish it was in my power to comply with your Request for an additional Allowance of Rations, so long as you remain—I think it very reasonable, but a positive Resolve of Congress forbids it. It is equally out of my Ability to...
Daniel Evis a Deserter from the Old 2d Connecticut Regiment, resigned himself up, & took the advantage of your Excellencys Proclamation. He came from Long Island, where he served as a Soldier in the Refugee Corps. Since he has been here, he informs me that one Vaun was set over at this Place some weeks passd by one Marks, who Commands a Boat on that side; Vaun had Dispatches from General...
MS ( NA : PCC , No. 19, I, 269). Docketed: “Answer for Ct. Beniouski. Comee. Mr. Madison Mr Scot Mr. Ramsay, Passed May 29. 1782.” The report is in JM’s hand. In the above caption the count’s surname conforms with his signature while he was in the United States. For his variant spellings of the name, see the editorial note. In his two-volume autobiography entitled, Memoirs and Travels of...
RC ( LC : Madison Papers). Addressed, “Edmund Randolph Esqr. Richmond.” Docketed, “J. Madison Jr. May 29. 1782.” The inclosed letter was put into my hands several weeks ago. As I found by looking into it that it related to a subject decided on in the case of Col. Carrington, and which wd. be communicated by him to Majr. Pierce, I thought it unnecessary to transmit it by the Post. This is the...
D (draft): American Philosophical Society Having seen & examined certain Authentic official Papers which shew that the Ship La Nostra Signora d’achagat et St Joao a Portuguese Vessel of about one hundred and eighty Tons, Commanded by Capt. Jozé Raymundo, is by the special Permission of his most Christian Majesty, destined to St Domingo, loaded with Provisions, Wine, Flour, & other necessary...
708928th. Tuesday. (Adams Papers)
Mr. D went and took a ride in the afternoon. Stay’d at home all day. Cloudy, weather, some rain.
7090General Orders, 28 May 1782 (Washington Papers)
The Commander in Chief, happy in the Opportunity of announcing to the Army the birth of a Dauphin of France and desirous of giving as General Occasion of testifying the satisfaction which he is convinced will pervade the breast of every American Officer and soldier on the communication of of an event so highly interesting to a Monarch and Nation who have given us such distinguishing proofs of...
In reply to your Excellency’s favor of the 15th Instt I have to observe, that considering the several important Circumstances which have occurr’d in public Affairs, and the uncertainty of the operations of the Campaign, I should not think it advisable that the Recruits should march to join the Southern Army, untill further Orders—In the mean Time, the Number ought to be augmented as much as...
That Congress may be possessed of such Information as I have been able to obtain from New York at this critical Moment, I do myself the Honor to transmit to your Excellency, the inclosed Extracts from sundry Letters of Intelligence which have been lately handed to me from different Quarters. With great Respect and Regard I have the Honor to be sir Your Excellency’s Most Obedt and most hume...
In Addition to the Instructions I gave in my Letter of the 26th respecting Flags, I think it necessary to observe, that no Persons ought to be permitted to pass or repass under Cover of Flags, except those whose Names are properly inserted: As it is reported, that some People having availed themselves of such Opportunities, have formerly come into Jersey without any legal Permission. By the...
I have the Honour to present to His Excellency The Commander in Chief, That I have been very Successfull in recruiting my Corps, which is at present compleat with Men & Horses. But have not yet been supplied with pistols, Cloaks, Boots & Spurs. Lieutt Mytinger coming up to relieve Lieutt Strubing will inform your Excellency in what Order the Troops Stands at present—I would have sent on a...
I mentioned to you my Intention to submit the Complaints of the Officers against the Contract for the movg Army—to the Superintendt of Finance they now go to him by this Conveyance—I refer you to his Letter for a Disclosure of their Subjects, of the very serious & alarming Circumstances which we are now brot to from that Quarter—serious indeed they are, & of such Importance as to demand your...
By the enclosed letters your Excellency will observe that the thousand stands of arms ordered to this city are detained, and that your orders are plead in justification of the detention. If there are any orders which, by a forced construction, may be considered as prohibiting the removal of public stores to the Magazines provided for their reception, I wish your Excellency would cause them to...
Since I was honoured with your Excellencies Letter of the 22nd Inst., I have assiduously endeavoured to recollect, not only each paragraph, but also every expression of that ill fated representation which has been the occasion of so much trouble to you, & a n xiety to me, in order to find out, what could occasion my intentions being so greatly misapprehended, and cannot attribute it to any...
In the conversation I had with you, when I saw you last at Head Quarters; you appeared to be so unalterably fixed in the determination of leaving the Army at all events, that I had in my own mind made the arrangements accordingly—and to prove that I was not precipitate in my judgment; the whole Army had formed the same opinion of your intentions from your repeated & unequivocal declarations on...
I have the Honor of your Letter of the 13th of this Mo. Since the Information I conveyed to your Excellency, by the Baron Closen, the Amusement of peace held out by our Enemies has been much augmented by the Arrival of Sir Guy Carleton in N. York, who enounces himself as Commander in Chief in America—with powers of Conciliation to these States—pleasg as their first prospect might have been,...
MS ( NA : PCC , No. 25, II, 205–6). Written by JM and docketed by him, “Friday May 24 1782 assigned.” There are at least two other copies of this report ( ibid ., II, 109–10, 113–16). The first of these is docketed: “Report of Comtee on Salaries for Ministers of the U.S. at foreign courts. Thursday May 23. 1782 Assign’d for consideration. Aug 23. 1782 Referred to Mr. Madison Mr Lee Mr. Duane.”...