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We should think ourselves highly inexcusable, did we neglect this opportunity, of congratulating your Excellency on your Arrival in this Town, the present residence of the Legislature of this State; & a Town which you Sir, have render’d famous to the latest posterity, by the most unexampled efforts of military genius; & your signal Victory over an Enemy till then, through the great superiority...
I have received your Excellencys letter inclosing the Queries. I doubt not a matter of so great importance will attract the first attention of the Legislature—After closing the war so gloriously, I hope we shall not be deficient either in Justice or Gratitude to those who have been so particularly instrumental in obtaining an honorable peace, as the American Army—with the greatest esteem I...
I have been favoured with your Excellency’s Letter of the 17th instant. I am greatly obliged to your Excellency for offering to write to General Haldeman respecting the release of Mr Roading tho’ you have no correspondence with him; or to forward a Letter from me to him on that subject. The first I can’t prevail upon myself to desire, considering that General Haldeman has not thought proper to...
It is represented to me by some very respectable Inhabitants of this state that in or about the month of June 1781 a descent was made by the Indians upon the Settlement called Kantucky, at which place a number of the Inhabitants, having thrown themselves into a fort for their defense, were obliged to surrender themselves prisoners to the savages. Among those was a certain Thomas Mullar Reading...
I am honoured with your Excellencys Letter of the 29th instant; & cannot but flatter myself that the Legislature of this State, will, without hesitation, adopt the measure therein recommended—I am with the greatest esteem your Excellencys most obedient & very humble Servant DLC : Papers of George Washington.
The Chevalier de la Lucerne desires me to give the bearer—Mr Barbé a passport to bring from New-York some effects belonging to the Chevalier, & taken in the Frigate L’Aigle, which he intends Mr Barbé shall purchase for him in New York. I would not only most chearfully comply with his request from the reasonableness of it, but should take a particular pleasure in obliging the Minister of France...
Application is made to me for a passport for one Major Tapping to go to Staten Island to procure a sum of money upon loan which he wants to borrow for the purpose of building a slitting mill in this State. The man is recommended to me as a good Whig, & it is rendered probable to me that by the means of a brother of his, on that Island, who has always been esteemed a friend to our cause, he...
I have been honoured with your Excellency’s Letter of the 16th instant apologizing for your opening a Letter to me from Sir Guy Carleton which was put into your hands with other Letters. The like has several times happened to me since the war respecting the letters of other Gentlemen, & I have made the like apology. I only wish that your Excellency had not discovered the mistake till you had...
This morning two American captains of Vessels who had been captured by the Enemy & carried into New York came to this Town in the Stage waggon. They shewed me their paroles and informed me that they landed at Elizabeth Town & were suffered to pass on by Captain Dayton. They arrived on the Jersey shore not in a flagg but in a private boat. As I do not know what private orders Capt. Dayton may...
Mr Lot informs me by Letter that he had applied to your Excellency for a pass for himself and his son in Law Collo. Livingston to go into the Enemy’s lines. “That your Excellency wish’d & was willing to grant it had it rested with you, but that he found by your information that it rested with me.” He farther adds that he was informed by your Excellency, “that the mode of applying for such...
I now do myself the honour of particularly addressing myself to answer your Excellency’s Letter of the 6th instant. While the whole world must applaud your Excellency’s resolution of retaliating for the barbarous murder committed upon Capt. Huddy, which is in favour of humanity by its tendancy to prevent the like cruelties; this State, of which he was a good Citizen & a brave Soldier is...
I have just received your Excellencys Letter of the 10th instant respecting your having established the Post at Dobb’s Ferry as the only one in this State for flags to pass from, & be received at. Of the necessity of this measure I am so fully convinced, that I shall immediately notify it to the officers of our Militia, & use every mean in my power to carry it into execution. your Excellency...
I have received your Excellency’s Favour of yesterday, and in consequence of it I forwarded to General Forman by the same Express the passports requested. My reason for not granting them on General Forman’s application, was the great abuse which I am informed is made of sending people into the Enemy’s lines under pretense of obtaining intelligence, especially at Newark & Elizabeth Town, where...
I have been honoured with your Excellency’s Letter of the 12th instant, relative to the affair of Egg harbour: As the facts upon farther enquiry appeared to be very different from the information I had at first received, it could not be expected that your Excellency should pursue such measures as I had hoped from your constant readiness to serve the public, you would have pursued, had the...
I think I have very authentic intelligence from New York that General Clinton (and such kind of enterprizes are the ne plus ultra of some Generals) has contracted with a party to take the mail from the Post who rides from Philadelphia to Morristown; & that they purpose to execute their design in the mountains between Pluckhimin & Basken–ridge. I have recommended Coll Lawrence who is a member...
By recent Advice from Eggharbour, several armed boats, with a number of men, are fortifying on Osburn’s Island near Eggharbour with a view, as is supposed, to receive Deserters from the American army, & deserting prisoners taken from General Burgoyne & Lord Cornwallis, as well as for the greater convenience of conveying provisions to New York, which already go from that neighbourhood in...
By Intelligence from Staten Island which I think may be depended upon, the Enemy have prepared a number of fire ships (it is said 24) & their supposd destination is Cheesapeak. This perhaps may be proper to communicate to the French Admiral, that measures may be taken accordingly. It is not in my power Sir, to answer your Excellency’s Letter on the Subject of Supplies, because I can devise no...
I have just received your Excellency’s Favour of the 2d instant, and feel exceedingly for your Embarrassment. I am not only mortified as a Citizen of the Union at large at every obstacle against your Excellency’s operations, but greatly chagrin’d that this State in particular, considering my intimate connection with it, should, by contributing to such embarrassment, lose any part of the...
I have received your Excellency’s Favour of the 13th instant, & shall acquaint the horsemen with your Excellency’s Sentiments concerning their offer. Respecting the progress that is made under our late Law for filling up our continental Battalions, I not able to give your Excellency any information, as no returns of the Levies are made to me; but I have reason to believe from the Enquiries I...
Part of Capt. Carle’s Troop of our Hunterdon light horse to the amount of about 25 have just now sent me an offer to turn out as voluntiers to proffer your Excellency their Service during the operations in contemplation, either as horse or Infantry as your Excellency shall chuse proposing in case you might prefer the latter to carry a waggon with their firelocks &c. All that discourages them...
It gives me great pain that I have not been able to answer your Excellency’s several Letters of the 27th of May & 15th June till this moment having ever since waited with great impatience for the passing of the Bill respecting your requisition of the 750 militia to co-operate with the regular Troops for 3 months, which did not pass till this day. I have issued the necessary orders, & directed...
I have the Honour to inclose to your Excellency a Resolution of our Legislature desiring me to apply to you for some Ammunition. Lead is not to be purchased in Philadelphia; & tho’ we have employed a person to procure it in Boston, his journey thither & back again will necessarily keep us too long without that essential Article. I have the honour to be with the greatest esteem Dear Sir your...
I have to acknowledge your Excellency’s favour of the 8th instant, & thank you for the intelligence it contains. The account is so similar to that which I had by a man direct from New york, & who had it from a person in their confidence, that I cannot doubt the truth. The only variation is, that of the four persons intended to be taken or assassinated the three which he remembred, were your...
Your Excellency will perceive that the inclosed Letters request of me a favour entirely out of my department. How far good policy may require the discharge of the young man, those who have authority to order that measure are doubtless proper judges. Mr Foster, the writer of one of the Letters, is a gentleman of considerable distinction amongst us. Perhaps the preserving the good humour of...
I have received your Excellency’s Letter of the 13th feby. The present mode of exchanging prisoners therein described appears to me just & reasonable; & I doubt not that in the farther settlement of any plan in contemplation, your Excellency will do full & impartial justice to this State. I heartily congratulate you Sir, on our late Successes in the Southern States; & I wish with many others,...
I have received your Excellency’s favour of the 27th January; and rejoice to hear that the mutiny in the Jersey line is so compleatly suppressed. As lenity is, upon some occasions, truly politic, severity is upon others, absolutely indispensible, and probably from the success of the Pensylvania mutineers, the fever of revolt would soon have become epidemical, had not the sharpest remedy been...
I have just been honoured with your Excellency’s favour of the 23d instant, & am greatly mortified at the defection of the Jersey Line. I should immediately have given orders agreeably to your Excellency’s request, had I not at the same time receiv’d Intelligence of their being returned to their duty. I am very apprehensive that the army will suffer for the want of supplies as much this winter...
I have the Honour to transmit to your Excellency 13 Copies of our Act for completing & keeping up the Quota of Troops belonging to this State in the service of the United States, & am with the highest Esteem and Respect your Excellency’s most humble Servant DLC : Papers of George Washington.
The Act of Congress of the 4th of November mentioned in your Excellencys Letter of the 10th Instant was laid before our Assembly before the Receipt of your Letter, & orders have been given to our Superintendent of Purchases in Consequence of it. But the Supplies, for want of money go on very slowly. Mr Durham our Superintendant; is, by the Act appointing him, to follow your Excellency’s...
Since the repeal of our Act appointing a State Commissary of Prisoners, to which the Legislature was induced by the recommendation of Congress, we are frequently embarrassed about the exchange of our Citizens captivated by the Enemy, whether on duty as Militia, or unarmed in their Habitations; Some complain of Partiality, and others think it hard that they cannot reap the benefit of the...