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In consequence of intelligence just received from the Northward, that General Haldimand would not enter into any negociations with the Baron Steuben for delivering up the Western Posts, I find it proper to put a stop to all operations which are carrying on for the purpose of transporting Garrisons & Stores to them, this Fall; You will be pleased therefore to give directions for suspending all...
I have been greatly disappointed in not seeing you before my departure from this place—in consequence of your absence I have been obliged to send one of your Assists to the Northward to make provision for garrisoning the Western Posts—as that business could be delayed no longer—I need not say how much more satisfactory it would have been that the execution of this important business should...
The Commander in Chief wishes it may be ascertained this day, how many Boats are, or may be actually fit for service on the Western Waters—for if there are ten or More that can be got in readiness in a few days, His Excellency proposes that they should be carried to the Mowhawk River as soon as possible, because some Boats will be wanted there, sooner than any can be compleated which may be...
A Detachment of about 500 Men is to be sent to garrison the western Posts—A supply of Camp Equipage, also a considerable number of good Axes & Hatchets, with a few setts of Blacksmith’s, Armourer’s & Carpenter’s Tools will be wanted for the Troops, which may be employed on this Service—I must request you will immediately have these things provided, or repaired in the best manner, together with...
I wrote to you from Saratoga on the 26th Ulto to have all the Boats fit to be used in the western Waters repaired for that service; but since my return from the Northward I am informed the number will be very inferior to my expectation, especially as I directed early in the year to have them got in repair, and recollect no Counter-Order since that time. I have therefore to request that One...
A nNumber of Batteaux will be wanting to transport the necessary provisions and Stores to the Garrisons which may be kept on the Western Waters . I must therefore desire that you will retain all such as are suitable for that purpose and have them put into repair. I am Sir Your very Obedient humble Servant P.S. They need be put in no other repair than what is necessary to transport them to...
His Excellency wishes for the pleasure of your Company at dinner to day, if you are not particularly engaged. The General Officers are expected at Head Quarters, and if there should be time, His Excellency proposes laying before those who were at York Town some Matters, on which he also wishes to take your sentiment—I have the honor to be Sir Your Most Obed. Servt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
The Comr in Chief directs me to inform you that, the Remains of Genl Hazens Regiment, after discharging such of the War Men as are willing to take furloughs will be ordered to this Cantonment—their Numbers are uncertain, but will probably be for three to four Hundred—You will therefore be pleased to make a proper disposition of the Hutts necessary to cover them. I am Sir Your most Obed. Ser....
There appear to be a number of Men belonging to the 1st New York Regt who wish to go to Albany with their families, & who have no means of conveyance—if it is practicable to furnish them with a Batteaux, which can be returned to such place as you shall direct—or to give them a passage in any other way His Excellency desires it may be done. I am Sir Your Most Obed. Servt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript...
The Commandr in Chief desires that you will procure immediately two hundred & fifty Boards—agreeable to an Estimate handed to you by Colo. Govion. I am Sir Your most Obed. DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
His Excellency thinks it will not be necessary under the present state of affairs to advertize for Garden Seeds—Should it become requisite, intimation will be given. I have the honor to be With great respect Your Most Obedt Servt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
His Excellency desires me to mention to you—that it continues to be a part of Every Day’s on Report that a great Want of Straw prevails. The General Wishes to know if the Roads will not admit of Straw being now hauled to the Cantonments—if possible, he would request that a Supply may be furnished.Your most Obed. St DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
The Officers of the day Report a defficency of Camp Kettles—Straw also is much wanting. The Commander in Chief wishes to know—whether the want of kettles arises from their want of Care or whether a proper allowance has not been issued what the allowance is and how long a Kettle is to last & if any on hand . Also if any Measures are taken to procure Straw. I am Dr Sir Your very Obed. Servt DNA...
The General is decidedly of opinion one Guide will be sufficient to be retained in service on the Lines. I have the honor to be Sir Your Most Obedt Servt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
In Answer to a Letter written by the Comr in Chief, a Week or two ago, (several on the same Subject havg been written before) to the Secty at War—respectg Standards for the Army, the follog Reply has been made. "The Standards are in the Hands of the Q. Master at Camp, & have been there some Time." His Excellency request your Explanation of this Matter. I am sir Your most Obedt Se rvt DNA : RG...
His Excellency observes that there is nothing mentioned in your Report, respectg the practice of the Soldiers strolling into the Country under pretence of Marketing—this Circumstance he says he particularly noted to you—& wishes to be informed whether it was a subject of Consideration with the Officers Yesterday, & what were their Sentiments respecting the Means of preventing the practice. I...
I have it in charge from the Commander in Chief to acknowledge the receipt of your two letters of this date addressed to him. In the country where the quarters are in general so indifferent, the climate so cold & fuel (within a short distance) so plenty, The Gen’l thinks it would scarcely be necessary or proper to give a limitation to the allowance of wood for the gen’l officers, especially as...
The General wishes for a duplicate of the inclosed to send with the Estimates Genl Knox’s Estimates not being arrived—if Mr Lloyd goes—an Express must be held in Readiness to go with the dispatches. Yr Very humble DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
I have to request you will as soon as possible, give me an Estimate of all those things in your Department, (noting the expence of each in the best manner you are able) which will be requisite to enable the Army to take the field and to prosecute vigorous operations, in case the War should continue another Campaign; in this Estimate I would have comprehended particularly, the means of...
You will please to take immediate measures to dissolve the chain of Dragoons, and discharge the Expresses stationed between this and Boston; assuring them and the People who have furnished Provisions & Forage that the Accounts will be paid as soon as they can be sent to Philadelphia and the Money obtained—Sheldon’s Dragoons are to join their Corps. An accurate state of the Expences properly...
There is a french Officer returning Express from Boston to Philadelphia, who wants Horses to carry him to Chester, (where his own remain) if they can be furnished by the public, it is much the General’s wish they may be—if you have it not in your power, His Excellency desires you will hire tem for the Gentleman, who (if necessary) will pay the Money on his arrival at Chester. I am Sir Your...
The bad state of affairs in your Department, is such as makes your presence indispensably necessary with the Army; The complaints of all, from the Major General to the lowest Staff Officer entitled to keep a Horse, are agravated to the highest possible degree, on account of the continual want of Forage—As a specimen of the distress, which has fallen under my own observation, you may be...
The Commander in Chief wishes to know, what Teams you have prepared to go with the Canadian Prisoners, how many, how far they are to proceed, and whether, with very little additional expence, the same Teams could not bring on the shirts, or some other Articles of Cloathing from Philadelphia—should that be the case, it will be expedient for you to write to the Quarter Master by the Post & have...
It is His Excellency’s wish that you should if possible accommodate Lieut. Scudder who is lately returned from Canada with a Horse to go to his home near Elizabeth Town. I am Yr most obt Servt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
I expect Mrs Washington now is, or soon will be, on her way to this place; I therefore put a letter to her, under cover to you; to be delivered on her arrival at Philadelphia. I perswade myself that no assistance which may be in your power to afford, either for her own, or the benefit of her Horses, will be wanting while she is in the City, or to expedite her journey to this place after she...
His Excellency directs me to inform you, that the Count de Rochambeau with his Army will arrive at Hav e rstraw in a few Days—when it will be necessary that he should receive some Assistance from our Boats & Craft in Crossing. He gives this Information that the previous Arrangements may be attended to in Season. I am sir Your Most hule Sert DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
I this day received your letter of the 20th. of August. Mr. Morris has advised me of the Bills you desired and directed my purchasing them together with his notes and the bank notes with what money shall come in to my hands on public account. They are now beginning to collect the tax imposed for the use of the United States though I can as yet form no judgment with what success or expedition....
I enclose you Extracts from the Observations of the Auditors and Clerks of Accounts, respecting the Issues of Provisions in your Department (transmitted to me by the Secretary at War), and request you to consider them and give me your Sentiments. I have the Honor to be, Sir, your most obedt Servt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
Upon a presumption that the Hospital at New Windsor will be continued there the ensuing Winter, His Excellency desires you will take measures for having the Buildings put in proper repair and for laying in a stock of Fire wood. I am yr most obt and hble servt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
The Commander in Chief has made an alteration in the disposition of the Brigades on the left of the Line—from that contained in the Order of Encampment given to you two days ago—The first Massachusetts Brigade occupies the ground on the flank, vice Pattersons, which takes the place of the 1st Brigade, & in which the Senior Regt is posted on the left, the next oldest on the right &c.—This...
His Excellency being informed that the Oars are arrived, directs that a Distribution of them may be made Tomorrow without fail—as the Troops must move on Saturday. I am sir Your Most Obedt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
I am directed by the Commander in Chief to inform you, that the York & Jersey Brigades are ordered to march to Kings ferry, This communication is made with a view of giving you an oppertunity of regulating your measures according to the circumstances, in case any thing new should be necessary in your department in consequence of the movement. The General proposes going to Verplanks Point to...
The Commander in Chief having determined to seize the first moment, after the Troops have taken their new position, to employ a number of them in cutting Wood for the Garrison of West Point—And as the summer is now far advanced, he wishes this necessary business may be accomplished as early as possible: to effect this he requests you to have the Axes immediately fitted with Helves & conveyed...
If you are not detained in Philaby unavoidable Means, and for valuable purposes, is it much my Wish that you should repair to this place as soon as it can be done conveniently. I am in total Ignorance of your powers and prospects of carrying the Army into the field—and indeed of many other Matters essential for me to know. The hourly Expectation I have had of seeing you with the Army, has...
It is the Order of the Commander in Chief, that you furnish Hospital Tents & other Articles for the Accomodation of the Sick in the Field, agreeably to the Requisition of the Chief Physician of the Army. I am Sir Your Most Hble Servt DLC : Papers of George Washington.
You will be pleased to settle with the Engineer what Number of plank & other materials will be necessary for the proposed Operations of the Campaign—and as soon as this is ascertained you will make immediate & effectual provision for obtaining them in the earliest & best Manner. You will also take Measures to inform your self what Number & kinds of public Boats there may be remaing in any part...
I received on my way from Philadelphia your favor of the 23d of March respecting the allowance of Servants to Officers in Your Department; I have taken the earliest opportunity of communicating to the Secretary at War my sentiments on the subject, and am with great regard Sir Your Most Obedt Servant DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
Upon the application of the Magistrates of Morris County in 1780, soliciting that repairs should be made to the Court House, which had been made use of as a Guard House, and considerably injured by the public service, I gave them encouragement that the damages would be examined into, and such compensation should be made as justice required, and the state of the public Finance would admit of—I...
I have to acquaint you that I propose leaving town on Wednesday or Thursday next, & as I would wish to have you at the Army as soon as you have made the necessary arrangements for your department, I must desire you to acquaint me when you think you will be able to follow me. I am Sir, &c. MHi : Papers of George Washington.
In reply to your letter of yesterday I have to observe. although I am not so particularly acquainted with the different uses & conveniences of different kinds of water craft, as to be able to judge with accuracy of their respective utility from my own knowledge, yet from the reasons you have given, I am induced to believe that the advantage of Pettiangers over Batteaux & flat bottomed boats,...
I have your favor of this day before me. Altho I am not certain the Teams will be wanted so soon as the Middle of May, yet I think all things considered, it will be expedient to make your Arrangements so as to have them either in Camp at that time, or in such a situation as that they might be brought in immediately if necessary. I am Sir with great regard Your Most Obedt Servant DNA : RG...
I have attentively considered the several matters contained in your Letter, Returns, Estimates, & Proposals of the 8th 15th & 16th Inst. You already have, in my Letter of the 10th, my opinion of purchasing Ox Teams & hiring Drivers for them. I am glad to find our prospects of Tents and Camp Equipage for the ensuing Campaign are so favorable—Any deficiencies of knapsacks, Camp kettles &c. ought...
Upon a view of the difference there will be in the expences between hiring & purchasing Ox Teams for the service of the next Campaign, exhibited in your Estimate; I am cleary of opinion they ought to be purchased if it is practicable—but it will be necessary for you to arrange this matter with the Superintendant of Finances; as well as to take early & effectual Measures to procure the number...
As your continuance at the North River was considerably longer than I expected, I have not had an opportunity of being so explicit as I could have wished, respecting the preparations which will be necessary to be made in your Department for the ensuing Campaign. I wish now to be informed what Arrangements you have made with the Secretary at War on the Subject—And that Copies of the Returns of...
Upon a supposition that this may reach you upon the North River, I am induced to recommend to your particular attention the collection and preservation of the Boats, if steps have not already been taken for purpose. You will consult with General Heath upon the number that will be wanted for the different services of the Garrison and all the remainder are to be deposited in a proper manner in...
It is to be hoped that Forrage will be provided at proper places on the Rout by which the Army will march from hence to the Northward, to support the Waggon s & others Horses which will be necessary— to this Matter however you will pay early attention— If your Endeavours should not succeed in obtaing the necessary Supplies from the several States thro’ which you are to pass— You are hereby...
I have not a doubt but that you will take the best care of all the Articles of Public Stores received by you from the Enemy; many of them will not perhaps be of immediate Necessity to the Army; those which are not, you will convert to the best benefit for the Public Account of the United States, to be appropriated to the Use of the Financier General, towards discharging the Debt, incurred upon...
The General requests that you will give immediate orders, to have twenty five bushels of grain, and five hundred weight of the best long forage; sent down to York—to be embarked on board of the Serpent Cutter, commanded by the Chevalier de Maulevrier—to serve as provision for two horses which are to go by Count de Grasse—The Grain should be in Good barrels if possible—the Cutter is to sail...
Pay from the British Military Chest in your Care One hundred and fifty Pounds Lawful Money to Brigadier General Knox of the Artillery, for the Use of his Department and for which he is to be held Accountable. Given at Head Quarters this 2 November 1781. MHi : Henry Knox Papers.
The General understands that it was your intention to move the waggons of the Army with the Baggage of the General & Staff Officers destined for the northward in the morning. As Matters are not in that forwardness that he expected to find them in at this period, he desires that it may be postponed untill further orders upon the Subject. I am Sir Your &c. DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.