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I find the Works well advanced but not in a State of Defence—The Teems allotted to them have been taken off—some of them sent to Town for Materials & there detaind—others necessarily employd in ha[u]ling up the powder (which is now stord in the best place I could find) and provisions from the Landing. From the Colonels Reports the Mens Arms are in a most alarming Situation—Col. Magaw has not...
The party opposite to us on the Jersey Side are at Work on the Mountain and will soon have the Ground prepared for Cannon—I was obliged to call the party of 150 Men from our point and set them to work on two Traverses which the Enemys Fire on Friday convincd me were necessary in the Fort. I have removd the small Building, which was placed near the Bastion on the Right entering the Sally port,...
I have this Minute receivd a Letter from Mr Gerry at Norwalk on his Way to Boston, with the following Paragraph. “I was informd at the White Plains by some Gentlemen of the Convention that a person very unfriendly to the American States had authentic Information of the ⟨ mutilated ⟩ of the General in providing the Cheveax de Frize; and that it was appropriated, with the Ships, to stop the...
By an Express from Col. Tupper I am informd that two of his Captains have been up to reconnoitre the Ships. The Phœnix is fast aground —The Rose ¾ of a Mile on this Side of her—The Gallies are under Way & will probably begin their Attack at 11 OClock as the Ships are not more than 12 Miles from them. I am Sir your Servt ALS , MH : Dearborn Collection. The Phoenix “grounded on a flat off of...
Agreeable to your Order, by Col. Reeds Letter, I have directed Col. Holden to march with his 3 Companies this Evening to Kings Bridge. I shall in Consequence of that Order be under the Necessity of totally neglecting the point Battery untill Men are sent up to work on it—Our two Battalions being employed in raising part of our parapet, covering the large Magazine, cutting & forming the...
At 10 O’Clock last Evening I receivd your Letter of the 24th Inst: and will make proper Applications of your Excellency’s Sentiments on the probable Movements of the Enemy. I came into this Town at 8 OClock Sunday Evening; and waited on Mr Hancock with your Letter immediately after my Arrival—Yesterday Morning I was admitted to Congress in general Committee and went as far in my Relation of...
The enclosd I have this Minute reced from an Express sent by my Order to Genl Cadwalader—The General not knowing that I was here did not write to me—& as I supposd the Contents of Importance in my Movements I took the Liberty to open the Letter for which I must plead only the Occasion in Excuse. I came here at 4 OClock this Afternoon. 500 Men sent from Philad. Yesterday crossd to Burlington...
The several Points mentioned in your Last Letter have been attended to. I gave to Col. Knox an Order to procure in New England Two thousand Tents. I have purchased Russia Duck and every other kind of Canvas that I could find in this Town fit for Tents—The Sail Makers are at Work repairing & making Tents. The Ammunition Wagons are on hand—Five are finished—The Tomhawks will be compleated—One...
I had the Honor to write to you from Philadelphia at which place I was detaind near three Weeks by Want of Cash. This being the best Place to purchase Intrenching Tools and Forage I employd Colonel Mark Bird to procure them—He has engaged a very considerable Qy but is now obligd to stop through Want of Money having expended all his own and a very large Sum which he borrowd. I sent an Express...
I had the Honor to write to you by General Gates and since that Time by Express—My last enclosed some Sketches of Regulations in the Q.M. Gs. Department, which requird your Excellencys Examination; and, if approvd, some fixd Time for being set in Motion. I have not heard of the Receipt of either Letter. By Order of Congress I have receivd 450,000 Dlrs towards the Purchase of Horses Wagons &...
This Evening I was honord with Your Letter of the 11th Inst. The Ammunition Wagons and others go on as fast as possible. I have purchasd all the Linen fit for Tents in & near Philadelphia; & have new Ones ready for 12000 Men only. When any Canvas arrives it shall be procurd & made up. Mr Hughes has Tents for 3000 Men. But my cheif Supply, which I lookd for from Massachusets, has been cut off...
Our Loss of Seventeen hundred Tents at Danbury will, I fear, prove of bad Consequence to the Divisions of Ticonderoga & peeks Kills. To prevent as much as possible any bad Effects of that Loss I orderd Mr Chase Ass[istant] Qr Mr Genl at Boston to send all the Tents which were stord at Boston or portsmouth to Mr Hughes at peeks Kills who will distribute them in such Manner as your Excellency...
Mr Hancock has directed me to inform you that upon the Request of several Members of Congress, who judgd my Attendance here for some Days necessary, I must remain in Philada unless the Buisiness of the Army cannot be executed to your Satisfaction by the Gentlemen who are now with you as Depy Qr Mrs Genl. In the mean Time I have my Hands filld with the Formation of the Department & the...
I have just arrivd here and to my Surprize find very few of the Boats brought up from Trenton. Mr Coryel has been two days on that Service and says it is with great difficulty they brought up four Boats with 24 Men in 2 days. I send off a strong party this Night for the Boats and will have them up by some Means or other. We have here 3 large Artillery Flats; four Scows, each of which will...
I was honord with your Letter of Monday and of Yesterday at 5 OClock this Morning —I have given every necessary Direction to the persons who have the Care of the Boats at Trenton & Coryels Ferry; and have sent 220 Men from Bristol as a Guard at Coryels with a party of 50 Ship Carpenters who undertook to conduct the Boats from Trenton to Coryels. Major General Arnold sets off to day to take the...
A Gentleman well known in this City is this Minute come to Town from little Egg Harbour. He declares he saw Seventy Sail of Vessels at 4 OClock Yesterday Afternoon pass by little Egg Harbour toward Cape May. I enclos’d to you a Letter from Doctor McGinnis to Colonel Bradford on the same Subject. The Destination of General Howe cannot now be mistaken as Egg Harbour or but a few Hours Sailing...
I have the Honor to inform your Excellency, That Mr Thraxter, private Secretary to Mr Adams, arrived here last Evening from France with the Definitive Treaty of Peace; signed on the 3d of September. This Treaty appears to be the same as the Preliminary Articles. I beg Leave to congratulate your Excellency on this important Event and with the greatest Respect & Esteem Remain Your Excellency’s...
This Letter will be presented to your Excellency by Mr Godin, a Relation of Mr Van Berkel; who is on his Journey to South Carolina, with Mr Backer & Mr Barron : These Gentlemen have been introduced to me by Mr Robert Morris; a Copy of whose Letter I enclose. Many Foreigners of Distinction, who have been desirous of viewing your Excellency at The Head of an Army, and still more anxious to see...
I have the Honor to transmit to you an Act of Congress of the 5th Inst.; relative to a Proposal from the Secretary of the Polish Order of Knights of Divine Providence; containd in your Excellencys Letter of the 28th August last. I have the Honor to be with the greatest Respect Your Excellencys most Obedt humble Servt ALS , DLC:GW ; LB , DNA:PCC , item 16. Thomas Mifflin (1744–1800), born a...
Doctor Gordon having applied to Congress for access to their records and for their Countenance to his Admission to your Papers they have passed the enclosed Resolutions which I transmit to you at the request of the Doctor. On Friday I expect to have the Pleasure of seing Mount Vernon in Company with Mrs Mifflin and Mr Lloyds family—But there is a possibility that we shall not proceed farther...
I have the honor to transmit to your Excellency the copy of a circular letter to the State-Societies of the Cincinnati from the Gentlemen who have attended here in consequence of the recommendation of the General-Meeting in May last. The Members present not making a Quorum no other business could be entered on. I am with the greatest Respect Your Excellencys Obedient & humble Serva⟨nt⟩ ALS ,...
I have the Honor of transmitting to your Excellency a Letter which has been addressed to the Executive of this State by several very respectable Inhabitants of the County of Washington in Pennsylvania; in which they represent “that many mischiefs have taken place in that County for several years past from the hostile incursions of the Indians, and that from the present aspect of Indian affairs...
I think it proper to lay before you, copies of the various documents respecting an application, which I have recently made to the Governor of Virginia, requiring, agreeably to the provision contained in the second section of the fourth article of the Constitution of the United States, that he would take proper measures for apprehending Francis McGuire, Absalom Wells, and Baldwin Parsons, as...
Philadelphia, 21 September 1791. Transmits an exemplified copy of an act of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania entitled “An Act ratifying, on behalf of the State of Pennsylvania, the first amendment proposed by Congress to the Constitution of the United States.” Copy, DNA : RG 46, Second Congress, 1791–1793, Records of Legislative Proceedings, President’s Messages. On 2...
I have the honor to transmit to you copies of the documents respecting a contract which was made between the State of Pennsylvania and the late Board of Treasury of the United States, for the purchase of a certain tract of land, bounding on lake Erie; a report from the Comptroller General of Pennsylvania exhibiting the amount of the consideration money, as settled by him and the Comptroller of...
I have the honor to enclose for your information a copy of a second memorial, which has been transmitted to me by the inhabitants of the frontier counties of Pennsylvania. In my communication to the legislature upon this subject, I have suggested the propriety of furnishing the militia with an immediate supply of arms and ammunition; and my instructions to the lieutenants of the several...
I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your Excellency’s letter, inclosing a copy of a Proclamation, that you have issued, in consequence of certain irregular and refractory proceedings, which have taken place, in particular parts of some of the States, contravening the laws for raising a revenue upon Spirits, distilled within The United States: And it affords me the sincerest...
In a letter dated the twenty fourth instant the Secretary at War has signified your Excellencys request that I would take such measures with the frontier Citizens of Pennsylvania as should in my judgment be most effectual to prevent any hostile incursions into, or near the Indian Country north of the Ohio, until the treaty proposed to be held at lower sandusky about the first day of June shall...
I have the honour to inclose for your Excellency’s information, a copy of a Proclamation, which I have issued, respecting the proposed Treaty to be held with the hostile Indians at Lower Sandusky; a copy of a Circular letter, which I have written, upon the same subject, to the Judiciary and Militia Officers of the Western frontier counties of Pennsylvania; and a copy of a Proclamation, which I...
The Secretary at War, in a letter dated the 23d instant, represents, that you confide to me, the charge of interposing in all cases of hostility committed between the belligerent parties, within the protection of this State; and signifies your desire, that I should, with the aid of the Militia, detain the parties first aggressing, until I can communicate the case to you, with the evidences in...
The Master Warden of the Port of Philda, having informed me, that the Brigantine Little Sarah, Prize to the Frigate L’Embuscade, is fitting out as a Privateer, I have the honor to submit to your Excellency a copy of his letter, that you may direct such measures to be pursued, as the occasion shall be thought to require. I am, with perfect respect, Sir, Yr Excy’s most obedt &c. Df , PHarH :...
In compliance with your request, expressed, this day in a letter from the Secretary at War, I shall, with the utmost dispatch, ascertain, and communicate to your Excellency, the state of the Little Sarah, as an armed vessel, when she entered this port as a prize to the Ambuscade; her present situation; and the changes which she has undergone since her arrival, with respect to herself, or to...
The Secretary at War having stated in a letter of yesterday’s date, that he was commanded by you, to request me to order a party of the Militia on board the ship William, now in this port as a prize to the French Privateer, Citizen Genet, for the purpose of keeping her in safe custody, until you have decided upon an allegation, that the ship was captured within the limits of the protection of...
Inclosed I have the honor to submit to your Excellency’s consideration, a copy of a letter from the Counsul of the French Republic, stating the arrival of an English armed vessel at Mud Fort, and requesting, either that she may be prevented from entering the harbour, or directed to withdraw in case she should enter it; a copy of the report made by the Master Warden respecting the vessel in...
Agreeably to your instructions contained in a letter from the Secretary at War, of the 24th of May last, it may be proper to state, particularly, the proceedings in the case of the Little Sarah, the prize to L’Embuscade, supposed to be equipped and manned in this Port, as a Privateer. Having instructed the Board of Wardens to be attentive to any appearance of a practice of this kind, the...
In consequence of some reports, respecting the equipments of the English Letter of Marque, the Jane, I thought there was reason to suspect that she was fitting out as a Cruiser; and, therefore, I directed the Master Warden to renew his enquiries upon the subject. His report, and the paper mentioned in it I have now the honor to transmit for your consideration. I take this opportunity,...
Inclosed I transmit to your Excellency, a copy of a letter which I have recd from the Master Warden of the Port, relative to the equipment of the Ship Jane. From this representation, it appears, that in conformity to the Treaty of Amity & Commerce with France, and your instructions of the 23 & 24 of May last, the vessel ought to be detained; and, therefore, unless you are pleased otherwise to...
It has been intimated to me, that the Jane will, probably, sail during the ensuing night; and, therefore, I think it proper to remind your Excellency, that I have issued express orders for detaining her at Mud-Island, in consequence of the information that has been given respecting her warlike equipments, and of your instructions dated the 23d & 24th of May last. The present communication I...
The Commanding Officer at Mud Island, has reported to me that the following vessels have been stopped and detained, in pursuance of my orders. 1. The Brig Gayoso, commanded by Jas Graisbury, bound from Phil: to New Orleans, a prize to the Little Democrat; but originally owned by Reede and Forde, of Phila. 2. The Brig Pilgrim of Philadelphia, Capt. Benj: Earl, a Prize to the Little Democrat;...
In consequence of the letter, which I addressed to the French Consul, respecting the Privateer, Citizen Genet and communicated to the Secretary at war, for your information on the 17th instant, I have recd two answers, copies of which I have the honor to lay before you. The allegations that were made of an extreme want of provision, on board that vessel, of her Leakage, and of the general bad...
Since the communication, which I made to you this morning, relatively to the Trunk of Dollars, deposited on board a Pilot boat, by the Little Democrat, and alleged to have been taken from the Dairy Maid, after her capture, I have received two Affidavits, of which I transmit copies for your information. As the Captain of the Pilot-boat states, that the Trunk is consigned to Mr Genet, the...
It has just been reported to me that the Schooner Jane, Benjamin Stammers Master—a prize to the Little Democrat was yesterday stopp’d at Mud-island; where she will be detained till your instructions are received for restoring her to the owners at the time of her capture. I am with perfect respect Sir Your most obedient Servant LS , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; Df , PHarH : Executive...
Inclosed I transmit, for your information, copies of a letter to the French Consul, informing him of the necessity of the departure of the Citizen Genet within 24 hours; of a letter intimating to him agreably to your desire, that she would be allowed to repair as a merchantman, on condition of dismissing her arms & other military equipments, and of his answer, just received, upon these...
I have the honor to transmit, for your information, a copy of the Requisition, which was made for the departure of the Citizen Genet; and of my instructions to the Officer Commanding at Mud-Island, relative to the conduct to be pursued, in consequence of the Attachment issued, under the civil authority, against that Vessel; which has since been taken into the possession of the Marshall and...
Inclosed I have the honor to transmit to you several documents, respecting the Case of the Spry Sloop; which, in consequence of perfect satisfaction being received, that she would not prosecute her equipments as a vessel of war, I have discharged from arrest. I am, with perfect respect, Sir Your most obedt Hble Serv. Df , PHarH : Executive Correspondence, 1790–99; LB , PHarH : Executive...
I have the honor to lay before you, copies of several letters, which I have recd from the French Consul, respecting the approach of a very considerable body of armed Deserters, from the French Ships of War, now lying at New York and expressing his solicitude to obtain the aid of the Militia, in executing a Warrant, which the Chief Justice has issued, for apprehending them. With that view, as...
I received your Excellency’s communication, respecting the unfavorable issue of the negotiations for peace with the hostile Indians, in a letter from the Secretary at War, of the 3d instant; and I have the honor to transmit, for your information, a copy of the orders, which I have given to the Adjutant General, for providing effectually for the protection of the Frontier of this State. As I do...
As the period prescribed for the next session of Congress, approaches, I was solicitious to ascertain, whether the accomodations, directed to be prepared for that body, by the Legislature of Pennsylvania, would be compleated in due season: and I have the pleasure to communicate to you the answer of the Commissioners in the affirmative. I am, with perfect respect Sir Your mo: obedt Servt LS ,...
In consequence of a letter from the Secretary at War, stating the suggestion of the French Minister, relative to the design of the Refugees, who, according to his information, were about to embark from this Port for Jeremie, or Cape St Nichola Mole, in the Ship Delaware, and the Goillette Betsey; I have instituted an enquiry on the subject; the result of which I have now the honor to...
Inclosed I have the honor to communicate to you, copies of a letter, which I have received from Mr Cassan, the Vice-Consul of the French Republic, and of the answer which I have transmitted to him, relatively to the intended departure of the Brigantine Peggy for the Mole and Jeremie. The sentiments, which I have expressed on this occasion, are in conformity to those that were lately...