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I had the Pleasure, a few days ago, of your Favour of 8th. Instant, for which I esteem myself under great obligations to you. We rejoice here at the Prospect there is of your driving the Enemy from Boston. If you should Succeed in this I hope effectual Measures will be taken to fortify the Harbour, that the Navy may never enter it again. I think the Narrows may be So obstructed that large...
Your Favour of the Twenty third, I received Yesterday, and it put me into a good Humour, the Benefit of which I feel to this Moment, and shall continue to experience a long Time. Was you idle enough to read the Tales in the London Papers and Magazines, a few years ago concerning the Cock Lane Ghost, and the others concerning a Man of Six feet high who leaped into a Quart Bottle and corked...
We have ordered you to the Post of Honour, and made you Dictator in Canada for Six Months, or at least untill the first of October. — We dont choose to trust you Generals, with too much Power, for too long Time. I took my Pen, at this Time, to mention to you the Name of a young Gentleman, and recommend him to your Notice and Favour. His Name is Rice. This Gentleman is the Son of a worthy...
Your Favours of 24 June, and 17. July, are before me. I wish with all my Heart that you were Dictator at Ticonderoga, as much as it was intended you Should be, in Canada. Not for the sake of promoting Mr. Rice, nor any other particular Person, but for the good of the Service in general. Let me ask you however, by the Way, whether, Rice would not do for a Judge Advocate in that Department? I...
The Marquis de la Fayettes Brother, the Viscount de Noailles tells me, he should be glad to take Letters to America, and I dont know to whom I can give him a Letter with more Propriety than to the General of Saratoga. I should be proud to return any Civilities you may shew him to any of your Friends, who may travell to Paris. I want very much to know, what Scope the Ennemy have from New York,...
Morristown [ New Jersey ] March 1, 1777. Orders investigation of fraudulent recruiting returns. Requests inoculation of two Virginia regiments. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Morristown [ New Jersey ] May 7, 1777. Encloses letter to Brigadier General Anthony Wayne, who is needed at Headquarters. LS , in writing of H, New-York Historical Society, New York City. Gates was in command of the Northern Department.
[ Philadelphia ] August 4, 1777. Forwards Congress’ appointment of Gates to the command of Northern Department. LS , in writing of H, New-York Historical Society, New York City.
Camp near Germantown [ Pennsylvania ] August 6, 1777. Notifies Gates that De Malmady has been given permission to serve under Gates in Northern Department. LS , in the writing of H, New-York Historical Society, New York City François, Marquis de Malmady, was a colonel in the Continental Army.
Camp near Germantown [ Pennsylvania ] August 7, 1777. Notifies Gates that Du Bouchet has been given permission to serve under Gates in the Northern Department. LS , in writing of H, New-York Historical Society, New York City. Denis Jean Florimond Langlois de Montheville de Mautheville , Chevalier du Bouchet.
Your two favours both of the 22d came to hand yesterday. His Excellency had been all the day out reconnoitring the country and did not return home ’till late in the evening; this morning he again went out upon the same business, and has desired me to acknowlege the receipt of your letters. The signal advantages gained over the enemy by Generals, Stark and Herkemar at so gloomy and distressing...
By inquiry, I have learned that General Patterson’s brigade, which is the one you propose to send is, by far, the weakest of the three now here, and does not consist of more than about 600 rank and file fit for duty. It is true there is a militia regiment with it of about 200, but the term of service for which this regiment is engaged is so near expiring, that it would be past by the time the...
Since my arrival in this quarter, I have been endeavouring to collect the best idea I could, of the state of things in New York in order the better to form a judgment of the probable reinforcement gone to General Howe. On the whole, these are facts well ascertained, that New York has been stripped extremely bare; That in consequence of this the few troops left there and the inhabitants are...
[ Valley Forge ] February 14, 1778 . Regrets inability to “ratify” sentence of court-martial held by Gates’s order, but will leave ultimate decision to Gates’s judgment. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Gates was at this time president of the Board of War.
Coryells Ferry [ New Jersey ] June 21, 1778 . Informs Gates of movements of American and enemy forces. LS , in writing of H, New-York Historical Society, New York City.
Paramus [ New Jersey ] July 14, 1778 . Informs Gates that Army is marching to Haverstraw. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
His Excellency desires me to inform you that having received information of the enemy’s being out advanced this side of Wards House, He thought it prudent to put the troops quietly under arms and has sent orders to the several Brigades for this purpose. This is the second note, I have written, the first the horsemen lost. I am Sir   Yr. most Obed servant ALS , New-York Historical Society, New...
White Plains [ New York ] September 10, 1778 . Instructs Gates to march to Danbury. LS , in writing of H, New-York Historical Society, New York City.
His Excellency commands me to inform you, that he has received advice, that the enemy, who had made a debarkation at Bedford, after burning the little town, had reimbarked their troops and were hovering about the Coast. He does not think it expedient that you should advance too far from the army and therefore desires, that you will halt near Bedford ’till you hear further from him. I am Sir  ...
Fredericksburg [ New York ] September 30, 1778 . Sends news of enemy’s movements in New Jersey. LS , in writing of H, New-York Historical Society, New York City.
[ Fishkill, New York ] October 7, 1778 . Discusses probable British moves. Instructs Gates to repair certain roads to the eastward. LS , in writing of H, New-York Historical Society, New York City.
Fredericksburg [ New York ] October 11, 1778 . Thanks Gates for intelligence concerning sailing of British fleet. LS , in writing of H, New-York Historical Society, New York City.
Fredericksburg [ New York ] October 24, 1778 . Reports that troops have been ordered eastward. Orders Gates to area threatened by British in the event of a British landing. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress
Fredericksburg [ New York ] October 27, 1778 . Speculates on British intentions. Instructs Gates to obtain clothing for men and to return old clothing to deputy clothier general. LS , in writing of H, New-York Historical Society, New York City.
Fredericksburg [ New York ] October 29, 1778 . States that Congress has ordered Gates to Boston to assume command there. Advises recall of militia at Boston. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Middlebrook [ New Jersey ] March 6, 1779 . Discusses proposed Indian expedition. Df , in writings of George Washington and H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Middlebrook [ New Jersey ] April 12, 1779 . Reports that Major General John Sullivan has arrived at Headquarters, and that Major Henry Harnage’s request has been sent to Congress. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Middlebrook [ New Jersey ] April 17, 1779 . Orders Gates to have Brigadier General John Glover’s brigade ready to march. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Middlebrook [ New Jersey ] April 19, 1779 . Asks for a muster of Massachusetts troops under Gates’s command. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Middlebrook [ New Jersey ] May 6, 1779 . Asks Gates to examine rank of Captain Ezra Lunt. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.