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Mrs Washington and I, will wait on you and Mrs Morris at dinner, on Monday next, with great pleasure. If in pursuing the bent of my own inclination, I was happy enough to pay such attention as was pleasing to you at Valley forge, it was more than the time or the place gave me any reason to hope; and the favourable light in which they are mentioned by you cannot but be pleasing to—Dr Sir Yr...
Incomplete copy: Library of Congress of mine, M. de la Freté has some Business of Importance to be transacted for him in America. I have taken the Liberty of naming You to him as a Person in whose Abilities & Integrity he may confide for the transacting of it & I recommend it warmly to your best Attention. M. Gerard will communicate to you the Particulars. I am ever, with the sincerest Esteem...
LS : Boston Public Library; AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress The Chevalier de la Luzerne, who goes over to succeed M. Gerard, will I hope have the Pleasure of delivering this into your hand, and of being by that means introduced to your Acquaintance. He has a most amiable Character here, and I am persuaded will make himself very acceptable to our People, as he has the most sincere Good...
LS : Yale University Library; copy: Library of Congress My Friend, M. De la Freté, having a considerable Property in the Hands of M. De Rouillac & Co. at Edenton in N. Carolina has sent a Power of attorney to M. Holker to recover the same for him. If you can in any way assist M. Holker in effecting this Business, you will very much oblige Dear Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Servant....
I have received, & I thank you, for your favor of the 1st Instt. Almost at the same instant of its arrival a letter from Messrs Hewes Smith & Allan was put into my hands giving an acct of the safe arrival of the Wine (mentioned by you) at Edenton; & of their having confided it to the care of Mr Turnbull (at his own earnest request) to be conveyed to me. Should it arrive in good order I shall...
AL (draft): Library of Congress The Bearer M. Billion des Gayeres goes to America in some Employ relative to the Provision for the Subsistance of the French Troops. His Friends have requested of me a Letter of Introduction to some Friend of mine in Philadelphia. As I know of no one so well acquainted with, & so capable of advising in such Affairs as yourself, I take the Liberty of recommending...
LS : Mrs. Henry Sage, Albany, New York (1958); copy: Library of Congress I received your kind Letter of March 31. acquainting me with your having engaged in M. De la Frétés Affairs on my Recommendation. I thank you very much; and beg you to be assured, that any Recommendation of yours will be regarded by me with the greatest Attention. The Letter you inclosed to M. Dumas is forwarded to him....
I am honored with your favor of the 3d and have received—in good order—the pipe of Spirits you were pleased to present me with. for both permit me to offer my grateful thanks, and to assure you that, the value of the latter was greatly enhanced by the flattering sentiments contained in the former. In a struggle like ours—perplexed with embarrassments—if it should be my fortune to conduct the...
I am happy to inform you, that the business to which I am indebted for your favor of the 28th Ulto, was effected previous to the receipt of your letter. Mr Elliot had applied thro’ Mr Izard, for Captn Mure’s parole, which was immediately granted, and orders given to the Commissary of Prisoners to signify the same to him. I make no doubt therefore, but that he is, by this time, either in New...
I was among the first who were convinced, that an administration by single men was essential to the proper management of the affairs of this country. I am persuaded now it is the only resource we have to extricate ourselves from the distresses, which threaten the subversion of our cause. It is palpable that the people have lost all confidence in our public councils, and it is a fact of which I...
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) and (II) AL (draft) and two copies: Library of Congress I have just received your very friendly Letter of the 6th of June past, announcing your Appointment to the Superintendance of our Finances. This gave me great Pleasure, as from your Intelligence, Integrity and Abilities, there is reason to hope every Advantage that the Publick can possibly receive from such an Officer. You are wise in...
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...
AL (draft), two copies: Library of Congress I have received your Letters of July 13, 14, 19, & 21. all at once by Way of L’Orient. The Originals of those you mention to have sent by Major Franks, are not yet come to hand, nor have I heard of his Arrival in Spain.— Your Letters of June 6 & 8. were remarkably lucky in getting to hand. I think I have receiv’d 7 of the Copies you had 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...
Monticello, 30 Sep. 1781 . This letter is identical in substance with TJ’s letter to Thomas McKean, this date. Intended as RC , but not sent ( DLC ); written on a sheet which TJ subsequently used for a summary of the case of Hunt v . Tucker’s executors; addressed: “The honourable Robert Morris Philadelphia favored by Mr Short.”