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I had the pleasure of receiving your favor of the 16th of April a few days ago by Docr Craick. As I did not conceive that General Robertson would derive any dangerous acquisition of power from the possession of his Commission, I sent it to him yesterday—acts of Civility of this nature, as you rightly observe, lead to an interchange of good offices, which are often found necessary and...
The present conveyance is sudden & unexpected. I have only time therefore to acknowledge the receipt of your favors of the 29th Ulto and to assure you, that I felt a most sensible pleasure, when I heard of your acceptance of the late appointment of Congress to regulate the Finances of this Country—My hand & heart shall be with you, and as far as my assistance will, or can go, command it. We...
I have recd your favors of the 15th and 21st. Your opinion of the absolute necessity of a repeal of all tender laws, before a new species of paper, tho’ upon even so good an establishment, will gain credit with the public, is certainly founded upon reason and justified by experience. I am in hopes that most if not all the Legislatures have at length seen the fatal effects of those laws and...
In consequence of a request from me to Mr Lowrey, that he would continue to purchase and forward Flour to the utmost extent of his Commission, he informs me that he has compleated the purchase of 2000 Barrels and that he has began upon that of 1000 more; but of this he desires me to give you notice; meaning I suppose that you may put a stop to it, if it should not meet your approbation. I have...
your favors of the 2d and 5th Instants have afforded me infinite satisfaction, as the measures you are pursuing for subsisting the Army perfectly accord with my Ideas, and are, I am certain, the only ones which can secure us from distress or the constant apprehensions of it. Had magazines of any consequence been formed in the different States, in pursuance of the late requisitions of Congress,...
I have been honored with yours of the 23d ulto. I take the earliest opportunity of informing you that our whole dependence for Flour is upon you. The State of New York it is said has a considerable quantity yet within it, but so exhausted are the resources of the Legislature that they can command none of it. New Jersey has not either passed laws to draw forth the specific supplies demanded of...
The expectation of the pleasure of seeing you has prevented me hitherto from making a communication of a most important and interesting nature—But circumstances will not admit of further delay, and I must trust it to paper. It seems reduced almost to a certainty, that the enemy will reinforce New York with part of their troops from Virginia—In that case the attempt against the former must be...
There are 311 Barrels of Salt Beef at Portsmouth in New Hampshire, which, to save land Carriage, I had directed to be sent to Providence by Water, but Mr president Weare writes me that the risque is too great, as there are a number of privateers in that quarter—I have therefore informed him that you will dispose of it on the spot and procure a like quantity in Philada. I shall be obliged to...
Inclosed is the Copy of a letter which I have just recd from Capt. Mitchell commanding the post at Wyoming, representing his distress for provision. As this post was to have been supplied by Pennsylvania, and as you have now undertaken to furnish the supplies required of the state, I must request you to take the speediest means of giving relief to the Garrison—The quantity of provision which I...
I have in confidence imparted to you the alteration of our late plan and made you acquainted with our intended operations—Besides the provision necessary at the Head of Elk to carry the troops down the Bay a very considerable Quantity will be wanted in Virginia. I should suppose three hundred Barrels of Flour—as many of salt Meat and eight or ten Hhds of Rum would be sufficient at Elk—For what...
I have devoted the first moment of my time which I could command (while the Troops are halted for the french Army at this place) to give my sentiments unreservedly on the several matters contained in your favor of the 13th Inst.—this I will attempt to do, with all that frankness, & sincerity, which from your own candor in your communications, you have a right to expect, and for doing which...
Immediately after you left Camp, I applied to Mr Tarlé the French Intendant and requested to know the quantity of Flour which he could spare us and where he would wish to have it replaced. I have not been able to ascertain either of these points, but from a conversation which passed yesterday between Mr Tarle and Colo. Stewart on the subject, I do not imagine we shall obtain more than 1000 or...
Accounts brought by several Vessels to Philada and to the Eastward leave little doubt but that the Count de Grasse must have already arrived in the Chesapeak, or that he must be very soon there—The Count de Rochambeau and myself have therefore determined that no time ought to be lost in making preparations for our transportation from Trenton to Christiana and from the Head of Elk down the...
Every Day discovers to me the increasg Necessity of some Money for the Troops—I hope by this Time you are provided to give a Month’s Pay—I find it of the last Importance to hasten forward myself—to join the Marquis as soon as possible—I may leave this in a few Hours—I cannot do It however, without intreatg you in the warmest Terms to send on a month Pay at least—with all the Expedition...
Capt. Machin of the Artillery is detached to pursue some deserters from that Corps—he will have occasion for some money for expences—If you can advance him about £10 it will be sufficient, & will oblige the public as well as Dr Sir Yrs DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I have received your two favrs of Yesterday No. 1 & 2. I find myself so pressud by Circumstances, that It will be impossible for me to stay at this Place ’till the Payment of the Money comitted to M. Audibert can be effected—I must leave the Head of Elk this Afternoon or early Tomorrow Morng—I shall however leave Instructions with G en . Lincoln to do all that is necessary on the Occasion. The...
It is of such essential consequence, in my opinion, that the Army should be regularly supplied with Rum during the present operation, that I cannot forbear interesting myself on the subject. When we take into consideration how precious the lives of our men are, how much their health depends upon a liberal use of Spirits, in the judgment of the most skillful Physicians, who are best acquainted...
I use the present Opportunity to return to you the Bill drawn in my Favor on Messrs Richards & Comp y of New London—not having had an Opportunity to present it for Payment. Your Note of the 18th I have received, with your Letter directed to Major Genl Greene—the first good Opportunity will be improved for its, conveyance. With great Regard & Esteem I am Dear Sir Your St DLC : Papers of George...
Colo. Harrison of the Artillery, who will deliver you this—is going to Philadelphia on public Business, important to the general Service—as the Southern Department to which he belongs has been long destitute of Money—I shall be very glad if you can furnish him with a Sum sufficient for his Expences & that of another Officer who will be necessary on this Occasion. I am &c. P.S. Being Informed...
I have just now been honored with your two Favors of the 17th & 19th Instant ⅌ Mr Ridley—I have had the pleasure to take your two Boys by the Hand & Welcome them to Virginia—for my Countrys sake, I rejoice in the Sacrifice you are makg to your own feelings for the Education of the young Gentlemen —your Sons—in whose Behalf I have taken the Liberty to enclose your Letter to the Count de Grasse;...
I have to inform you that a very considerable debt has been incurred upon you as Financier of the United States by an Order for the Releif of the Officers of the Army from the Goods found in York Town—each Officer military & Staff having been authorized to take up on public Acco. the Sum of £20 in Virginia Currency for which Mr Ross, Commercial Agent of this State, is answerable to the...
I inclose you for acceptance my two drafts for you in favr of Mr David Ross Commissioner of Trade for the State of Virginia one for £7452.12 0 1/2 Stirling—the other for £6035.17 2 1/2 Stirling—which two sums are for the Amount of the Goods purchased of the British Merchants in York and delivered out to the Officers of the Army—Mr Ross’s letter to me which was laid before you this morning...
Knowing full well the multiplicity & importance of yr business, it would give me more pain than pleasure if I thought your friendship, or respect for me did, in the smallest degree, interfere with it.—At all times I shall be happy to see you, but wish it to be in your moments of leizure—if any such you have. Mrs Washington, myself and family, will have the honor of dining with you in the way...
I have recd your favr of the 23d respecting Capt. Hutchins and shall give you a more difinitive answer after I have seen that Gentleman. By a letter which General Lincoln addressed to me before he went to the Eastward, I find that you approve of my plan of sending Officers to the four New England States, particularly, with the Returns of the deficiencies of Troops, and with instructions to...
On examination I find the Map of the Southern States shewn me by Capt. Hutchins much too general to answer any Military purpose I therefore think that Gentlemans presence at the Southward very necessary and should be glad if a necessary sum of Money could be furnished to enable him to proceed there without delay. I am. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
It appears to me but reasonable that an Officer under Major Mcphersons circumstances, acknowledged by no State and belonging to no Corps should be put upon the same footing in respect to his depreciation of pay as the Foreign Officers in our service were. I have the honor to be&c. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I have been honored with yours of the 26th ulto preparing a plan of providing the Officers with Cloathing—I approve of it generally, and think it will have a happy effect. I will only beg leave to make this remark, that the amount of two Months pay of subalterns will be scarcely sufficient to enable them to purchase a sufficiency of the Articles necessary for the genteel equipment of an...
I do myself the honor to inclose Capt. Van Heers Estimates of the sums in his opinion sufficient to recruit—mount and accoutre his Corps—Agreeable to your desire I applied the beginning of this month to the President and Council for an advance of a sum of Money for recruiting, upon this principle, that as the Men would be raised in the state and considered as part of its Quota, it appeared to...
Well knowing the difficulties in which you are involved it ever gives me pain to make application to you on the score of Money. But as I cannot give the Baron Steuben an answer without knowing whether it will be in your power to comply with the terms he asks, I am under the necessity of inclosing his letter to me on the subject of the arrearages of his Pay.I am with great Respect Sir Yr most...
Major Genl Baron Steuben proposes to leave Town next week and has again applied to me on the subject of his former Letter—I think his situation peculiar and such as to call for Some attention to his request and I would wish you to comply with it, so far as is consistent with your other arrangements. I am &c. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I have been honored with your favor of this Morning. I will make an experiment with your drafts upon Mr Swanwick which I doubt not may be disposed of among the trading people in New York and New Jersey. The smaller the Bills are the more easily will they be negociated—The sum of 4000 dollars will be sufficient—at one time. I have the honor to be &c. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
Upon my arrival at this place, I found complaints that the Jersey Brigade had not been regularly supplied; and was informed by the Commanding Officer that the Person to whom the contract is formed out attributed this irregularity to the want of Money—I accordingly called upon Mr Logan the Sub. contractor (& only ostensible character here) to give me his reasons in writing why the troops were...
Your Favor of the 3d Instant inclosing Mr Duers Contract—& papers relative thereto, I have received—and have transmitted the same to Genl Schuyler at Albany with a Request that he will see its Object fully attained—the intimate knowledge of those Posts which Mr Duer is to supply—& his carefull Attention to a rigid OEconomy, the Necessity of which he is fully apprised of renders him in my...
I am obliged to you for the Copy of the Contract you have been pleased to send me under cover of your Favor of the 15th Instant—It came very opportunely, as I have already been applied to for a Determination upon the points which are submitted to my Decision. I am very glad to find that an Intendant, appointed by you, is to attend the Army, & to hear & decide on Causes of Complaint or...
I have had the honor to receive your Letter of the 22nd of April respecting the interference of the Contract for the Moving Army, with the Contract for supplying the Troops in Jersey;I am happy to find your ideas coincide so well with my own.And as no application has been made to me on the subject by the Contractors, I hope & expect these matters will be settled without coming before me. By...
The inclosed additional Contract formed by Genl Schuyler with Mr Duer came to Hand a few Days ago—I transmit it to you together with an Extract of the Letter which accompanied it—& hope the transaction may meet with your Approbation. I am &c. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I have been honored with your Favor of the 23d of April. The Information it contains, is in some Respects, pleasing and important. I thank you for the Communication; and need not assure you, that your Confidence shall never be abused by me. In a circular Letter which I have lately written to the States, I have taken Occasion to mention, the failure you experience from them, in their...
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.
Inclosed is the System of Issues which I mentioned in my last—It has been submitted to principal Offi ce rs of the Army—is agreeable to them—& in the Absence of Mr Sands, has been fully & freely consented to by Colo. Chas Stuart in the Name & on Behalf of all the Contractors—It remains only to obtain your Approbation—if that is given, & the System takes place, I hope most of the present...
Your two favors of the fourth Instant were deliverd to me by General Lincoln—it is an easy matter to perceive by the tenor of one of them you have imbibed an Opinion that the Officers of this army are captious and that by attempting to remove one complaint a Door is opend to others—I am not much surprized at this—You have probably adopted it from the Representation of Mr Sands of whom without...
Upon my return from Albany & our upper Posts last evening, I found your two favours of the 21st & 22nd of June. I have given directions to the Commissy Genl of Prisoners to have the amount of Money due from our Officers (who have been Prisoners of War) to Persons within the Enemy’s Lines, particularly ascertained; & to transmit an abstract thereof to you as soon as may be. Confident that the...
Since my arrival here General Heath has put into my hands, the Letter from Messrs Sands & Co. (of which the enclosed is a Copy) in answer to one from the Genl to the Contractors, on the subject of repeated deficiency in the supply of provisions, during my absence & the great distress of the Troops consequent thereof. As the Representation contained in this Letter differs materially from the...
On my Return from Phila. I found many Complaints against Mr Sands for frequent want of provisions—as well as Badness of Quality in what he did furnish—both these Greivances have subsisted till the present Time and the Troops have been without their Rations for several days at various Times. In Castg about for a Remedy, I find, none is provided in the Contracts, but what is to be applied by the...
I have received by Colo. Tilghman your Letter of the 5th instant, with a particular state of your Accounts with The Contractors for Money advanced them. I am much Obliged by this Communication, as it will enable me to combat the Constant Assertions which are made by Mr Sands, that the Contract is not fulfilled on your part. I am very glad to find that Mr Edwards, one of the Beef Contractors,...
Mr Wells, who handed me your several Favors of the 8th—9th & 13th, arrived here on the 21st & was immediately furnished with passports from me to proceed to the Enemys out posts. If he succeeds in his purposes & brings out any thing to my Care, I shall most cheerfully comply with your Request in receiving & disposing of it. Colo. Tilghman communicated to me your Ideas respecting the...
I have had the honor of receiving your Cypher of the 17th and letter of the 20th ulto Should the money alluded to in the first be paid into my hands, it shall be applied as you direct. I should have had hopes from yours of the 20th that all difficulties between you and the Contractors had been settled, had I not received a letter from Mr. Walter Livingston dated at Morris town the 31st of last...
Previous to the meeting of our Commissioners, who will be Majors General Heath and Knox, I am under the necessity of applying to you to provide the means of their support while they are upon the Commission—I shall propose Orange town as the place of meeting—I should suppose five hundred Dollars, and that in Specie (as they will be in a part of the Country where paper will not be negotiable)...
I am under the necessity of enclosing you the Copy of a letter I have this day received from Mr Walter Livingston, with that of one from him to Mr Richardson Sands. From these you will perceive to how precarious a situation we are reduced in regard to the Article of Flour—the Quantity for which Mr Livingston calls upon Mr Richardson Sands is so very trifling, that it is scarcely worth...
When applications, of a similar nature to the Colo. Varricks letter of 3d sepr 1782, inclosed, are made to me, I am under the necessity of referring them to you—I know your distress on the score of public Money and can therefore only request that you will assist Colo. Varrick in whole or in part of his present demand as soon as circumstances will admit. I have the honor to be &ca. . DLC :...
Partly for want of answers to my letters to you of the 2d and 4th instants, requesting money for the use of our Commissioners and the accounts for the maintainance of Prisoners, and partly for want of answers to some matters proposed by me to Congress, I have been under the necessity of deferring the meeting, which was appointed on the 18th, to the 26th of this month. It will be extremely...