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I removed the Baggage to Howells Tavern 4½ miles from the Warren Tavern & there waited for orders but before any came by a direct Line part of the Artillery of the Park under Lt Colonel Strobach came on that road without knowing which rout to pursue but an Express arriving a few minutes after from Colo: Lutterloh D. Q. M. G. with a Verbal Order from him to send the Provisions & Rum for the...
On a Review of the Waggon horses belonging to the united States and those impressed or on hire in service with the Army, such numbers have been found unfit for Service that the Army will not only suffer for want of an immediate Supply of Provision, & forage but those horses belonging to the States now will be unfit for Service on the Opening of the Campaign—A number of private Teams have been...
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 9 Dec. 1779 . GW wrote Samuel Huntington on 10–11 Dec.: “I would take the liberty to inclose a copy of a Letter of the 9th from Colo. Biddle.”
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 23 Dec. 1779 . GW wrote Biddle on this date: “I have received your favour of this date.”
From my constant Attendance on the Duties of my Offices in Camp, I have been prevented from bringing the extensive accounts of the business which I have transacted to a settlement, altho’ I have sent them to be lodged at Philadelphia to be ready for the purpose when I should be called on by the Treasury board—They could not be completed til I could pay some further Attention to them, than was...
As the Forage to be furnish’d by the different States will be wanted for the use of the Army and should be hastend to such points as it may most probably be consumed at, it will be necessary to apply to the executive Authority of the States of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania, not only to hasten the delivery of the Forage at the places name’d by your Excellency, but to give their...
The Opinion you are pleased to entertain of my past Service and my Capacity to be of further use, in Case of active Operations, does me the highest honour. I should not have proposed to retire if the Situation of my Accounts had not required my Attention to settling them, but the prospect of such a happy Event as the receiving powerful Aid from France to cooperate with us, will make it...
I have applied to the Justices & to the Contractor appointed by the State for this County, to furnish pasturage and meadow Grounds for cuting Grass in the vicinity of the Army to subsist the horses, but I have received very little Assistance from them altho’ the Forage Masters have attended on them for many Days for the purpose. The Justices now declare to me that they cannot subsist the...
The sufferings of our horses were realy alarming and I delay’d applying to your Excellency for a warrant to impress Grass, hay & pasturage until I found that they could not be supported by the Justices or Contractors in the way pointed out by the laws, and that the horses must perish or the inclosures of the Farmers be broke into without Authority or regulation. These Circumstances induced me...
Your warrant of 11th instt for impressing Forage has expired and in Case it should be necessary for the Army to Continue at this Ground it will not only be necessary to extend the Time for which the warrant was granted, but also the distance for impressing, as the Limits to which the last warrant was confined, cannot longer subsist the Army,—but in Case you should approve of extending the...
I am honourd with yours of the 13th inst. with a List of a number of Articles for your farms in Virginia—a great quantity of Goods have been sold at our Vendues much lower than first Cost in Europe or what they could have been purchased at in peace, but they are not well chosen Goods for this Country, nor have few or any of those kinds which you want been sold yet at so low prices, but such...
I was honourd with your favour of 11th ulto. I called on Mr Rittenhouse to enquire for the Theodolet which you sent under my Care to be repaired in 1778—he says that he has it in good Order, tho’ taken to pieces & lay’d up—he will have it put together that it may be ready when you direct it to be called for. I have procurred 10 pieces of Ticklenberg of a good quality at 15d. per Ell and 200...
The Blankets & Osnabrigs were sent to the Care of Mr Richardson by a waggon which was going there & the Expence very little more than the freight would have been by water & wt. less risque—they were arrived safe & delivered to Mr Lund Washington. The other Articles orderd by you will be most or all of them procured in time to send by a vessel which is here from Potomack & shall be directed to...
I received your favour with the Eight hundred dollars in Bank notes and am since honoured with yours of 2d inst. I shall delay the forwarding the Linens ’til Mrs Washington arrives to choose them. The Blankets and Ticklenburghs were not purchased of Mr Abel James or at the prices they then sold at out of Stores—Such Articles as those, which were in very great demand, tho’ other Goods were very...
I wrote your Excellency by General Greene to which I beg leave to refer. Permit me to introduce to you the Count de Wengierski a Polish nobleman who is makeing the tour of America & wishes to pay his respects to you. He was particularly recommended to me which induces me to take this Liberty. I have the honour to be Your Excellencys Most Obedient & very hum. servt DLC : Papers of George...
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 22 Feb. 1784. On 10 Mar. 1784 GW wrote to Biddle : “I have received the Lace & two-pole chain, accompanied by your favors of the 22d & 29th ulto.”
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 29 Feb. 1784. On 10 Mar. 1784 GW wrote to Biddle : “I have received the Lace & two-pole chain, accompanied by your favors of the 22d & 29th ulto.”
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 10 June 1784. On 30 June GW wrote to Biddle : “Your favor of the 10th Instt . . . is come safe to hand.”
I just met with a Sloop going immediately for Potowmack by which I have time to send the Two bags of Grass seed received from mr Boudinot which the Captain has promised to deliver if possible at Mount Vernon otherwise to mr Thompson at Colchester. The other kind of Grass seed I could not yet procure tho’ I have applied to every person in Town who collects those Articles & to several farmers. I...
I must appologise for not answering your esteemed favours of 1st & 2d Ulto (which reached me about a fourtnight ago) before this Time but hope you will excuse me when I enform you of the Occasion. A number of losses in Trade during & since the war had so much involved my Affairs that altho’ I had property in value equal to what I owed it was so much scatterd that I found myself under a...
By a Schooner Capt. McLean which saild last week for Alexandria I sent a barrel which I received from Mr Boudinot with Orchard Grass seed—it went to the Care of Colo. Hooe to whom I forwarded the Captains receipt—this was the first Conveyance I could hear of since it came to hand. I shall pay Mr Boudinots Account & send you the same with his receipt. Inclosed is your account Current previous...
Since my last I paid Mr Claypoole your account for Advertisements for which the receipt is enclosed—he again assures me the papers have been Constantly sent & their miscarriage must be owing to the post Office. I wrote to a Gentleman at New York to pay Mr Boudinots Account at Elizabeth Town. I hope the last Grass seed by Capt. McClean has come safe to hand. I could not procure any of the other...
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 5 July. On 27 July 1785 GW wrote Biddle : “Your letter of the 5th. came duly to hand.”
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 8 August. GW wrote Biddle on 17 Aug. : “Your letter of the 8th came safely by last Post.”
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 29 Nov. 1785. GW wrote Biddle on 11 Dec. : “I have received your favor of the 29th Ulto.”
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 19 Feb. 1786. GW wrote Biddle on 18 May : “Your favors of the 19th of Feby . . . [is] before me.”
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 16 Mar. 1786. On 18 May GW wrote Biddle : “Your favors of. . . 16th & 19th March, are before me.”
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 19 Mar. 1786. GW wrote Biddle on 18 May : “Your favors of. . . 16th & 19th March, are before me.”
I must appologize for my not acknowledgeing the receipt of your favour of 18 May Covering Certificates for 339 53/90 Dollars but I was daily in expectation of our Opportunity to send the Glass which I did not meet till last week by the Dolphin Captain Stewart by whom I sent it with the receipt enclosed under cover to the care of Colo[ne]l Hooe & since then I have waited for this Conveyance by...
I have before me your Esteemed favour of 31st Ulto—at present there is a Suspension of paying the Indents for Interest of Certificates in this State, owing to a misunderstanding between the Controller of our State and the Treasury Board. but it is supposed that it will before long be settled when I will draw the Indents for Interest on the Certificate of 339 53/90 D[ollar]s which you sent me...
The Box with the Curtains did not arrive till about twelve days ago when I put them into the hands of a Dyer who has finished them but was obliged to rip them as they could not be dyed and pressed without it—they are packed in the same box in which they Came together with 16 yards of the same kind of Stuff as near as I could make it & 3500 Brass nails—the box is Ship’d on board the Sloop Polly...
I have your Esteemed favour of 28th ulto. It is scarcely possible to get the Clover seed by the bushel from the farmers or Graziers who bring it to Market—those who are Accustomed to gathering it for sale having a Constant Market with the Retailers will give them a preference & in getting it from them you are sure of the best seed—it is just now coming in & the Retailers tell me they can...
I have before me your esteemed favour of 5th ultimo—It is necessary that the Certificate remaining here to draw Interest which will be pd every 6 months very near to the day it is due yet the Principal will only sell for 6/ in the Pound—Mr Haines has promised me fifty Bushels of the best Spring Barley for seed without any Engagements on your part for the Produce & I have also bespoke the Red...
I had engaged the Freight & was preparing to Ship the Articles you had ordered in the Sloop Dolphin Capn Steward (the first Vessel that had offered this Spring for Potowmack) when I received your favour of 11th inst., Mr Haines had Kept 50 bushels of Barley for me but could share no more —what I send is New England Summer Barley which is much the best. I should have applied to another Brewer...
I reced your favour of 14th in time to procure five Augers—they are made in the Country & I could not get a sixth at the Shops which sell them. they Cost 6/ is £1.10.0. to your Debit I have sent them by Capt. Steward by whom I shipped the Barley &c. & inserted them in the Bill of Loading which remained here—he Sails this Day for Alexandria & returns here immediately—I consulted the Iron...
By the Sloop Dolphin Capt. Steward who sailed last week for Alexandria I have shipp’d the scythes & Spinning wheels of which acct & bill of loading are inclosed the Scythe Maker could get only one of the Briar Scythes finished in time —I gave Capt. Steward the necessary Certificate of these articles being the Manufacture of this State to save the duties—very few vessels loading for the west...
On rect of your favour from the head of Elk I waited on Capt. Morris who informed me he had not recd your note respecting the Hounds but he has now wrote you fully on that subject as far as your Queries went in my Letter—if there is any thing omitted he begs you to inform him —Mr Haines from whom I had the seed Barley for you informs me that there has been most extraordinary great Crops of...
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 15 Nov. 1787. On 3 Dec. GW wrote Biddle : “Your letters of the 23d of Septr & 15th of Novr came duly to hand.”
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 3 Feb. 1788. On 5 Mar. GW wrote Biddle : “In your letter of the 3d of February....”
I shipd the Grass seed and volume of Newspapers on bd the Sloop Charming Polly Capn Ellwood for Alexandria who was on the point of Sailing but a severe frost again closed our River and the Navigation is stopped, probably for some Days [to] Come but the Vessel will sail on the first opening—the Bill for the Seed is inclosed. Yesterday I recd from Thomas Smith Eq. one hundred ninety two pounds...
My last of 5 covered four hundred Dollars in Bank Post Notes which I hope Came safe to your Hands since whch I am favd with yo[ur]s of 3 & 5d—I have accordingly put on bd the sloop Polly Ellwd in addition to the Volume of Newspapers & 2 Casks Grass seed, 2 Spinning wheels & 1 Box of 12 Wool Cards—this Vessel has staid much longer than expectd but as she has at last sail’d this Day I hope she...
Your esteemed favour of 24 Inst. with 40 Ds. in Bank Notes Came to hand by last post. No other vessel has yet offered for Alexandria. Mr Peters having sent me two Letters & a small Box to forward and the Letters containing some Garden seed I have covered them by post & shall not fail to send the Box which Contains some Roots by first Conveyance I am &c. ADfS , ViMtvL : Clement Biddle Letter...
I expected from what Mr Dunlap had informed me that your papers had been forwarded you regularly since I wrote on that subject but on enquiry at the post office & finding they had not been sent (owing to some misunderstanding between the office & Printers) I have directed the papers to be brought to my Office & now put up in a Bundle with those of last month & shall inclose them in future by...
I have your favours of 4th & 11th Inst. before me unanswered—The Letter for Mr Smith I forwarded by a safe Conveyance to Carlisle—Genl Butler having just arrived in Town from New York I delivered that for him myself—the one for Mr Peters under Cover of the 11th I sent to him in the Country—No vessel having yet sailed for Port au Prince I have the Letter for Mr De Marbois but it will go some...
Letter not found: Clement Biddle to GW, 26 May 1788. On 20 July GW wrote Biddle : “Your favors of the 26th of May, 13th of June and 7th instt are before me.”
Letter not found: Clement Biddle to GW, 13 June 1788. On 20 July GW wrote Biddle : “Your favors of the 26th of May, 13th of June and 7th instt are before me.”
By Capt. Ellwood I shipped the Hoe plows or Harrows from Mr Peters for which the Bill of Loading is enclosed the Certificate to save Duties was given to Capt. Ellwood—I have waited some Days in hopes of geting the Bill from Mr Peters which I several times requested him to send & that it should be immediately paid but I imagine he has not been lately in Town except when much engaged. The...
I was favourd with yours of 20th and by the same post sent a ps. of velvet Ribbon to pattern 15 yards for 9/6—which I sent because it cost less in a store than 12 yds would do in a retale Shop. Capt. Ellwood is arrived but I have not seen him yet (as I shall do) about the wheel of the Plough and by him I shall ship the Articles orderd & then forward the Account Current—Altho’ we had plentiful...
By Capt. Ellwood who sails this day I have shipped the single & double refined Sugar, a Jug with two gallons of Spermaceti Lamp oil, two barrels containing six dozen of Porter, as Mr Hare advised leaving the remaining 18 dozen to be shipped next trip as it is now rather too brisk to ship and I shall send 1 Cwt of the plate Iron only for plow moulds as I have asked Mr Morris if he knew the kind...
By last post, I forwarded a Letter from Mrs Morris which Came with a pair of Stays. The stays I put in charge of Capt. Ellwood who promised great Care of them, inclosed is the Bill of loading of sundry Articles by said Captain of which a Certificate was delivered him to save the Duties. the Invoice & of Course the Account Current lays open for want of Mr Hare’s bill for the Porter which have...