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Permit me once more to break in on your important Duties with a personal Request which I flatter myself it will give you as much Pleasure to grant as it will me to receive. I am about to embark for Europe on some private Concerns & in Pursuance of the Advice of Physicians who have recommended the Voyage. It is natural for any one to wish to visit a strange Country under every Advantage, to me...
After the Services, Sufferings & Anxieties of the Winter 1776 I little expected that Persons would be selected as the Season of my greatest Reprsent that I should stand publickly charged with not only meditating but actually expressing Intentions of deserting to the Enemy: Yet, Sir, so it is not mere News Paper Abuse or transient Report but actually countenanced & supported by a Person of some...
Permit me to mingle my sincere Congratulations with the general Applause on the late glorious Success of the Army under your Excellencys immediate Command. I trust you will not suspect me of Flattery when I assure you that I think the Wisdom of the Plan, the Secrecy of the Movements & Gallantry in Execution will hand Down the whole to Posterity as equal to those celebrated Enterprizes which...
The Intelligence received by a Flag from Providence is so important that I consider not only a Matter of Respect but of indispinsable Duty to forward it to your Excelly with all possible Dispatch. The Prisoners (American Captains) say that in 24 Fathom Water they fell in with 14 British Men of War of the Line under Admiral Drake, other Vessels made up the whole Squadron to 22 viz. Frigates &...
I have the honour of your Excellencys favour of the twenty eighth Ult: and forwarded the inclosures to Major Parr. We are sorry to learn by the accounts transmitted by the recruiting Officers that they do not meet with the success they expected. I was apprehensive the bounty was too small, but General St Clair and Major Parr deemed it sufficient, their opinion had its due weight, expecially as...
I have now the satisfaction to inform your Excellency that having with great difficulty accomplished a Loan of some hard money we have begun the recruiting the rifle corps requested by your Excellency, to the Command of which Major Parr has been appointed. The plan of the business as well as the bounty was settled in concert with General St Clair, and Major Parr, and we flatter ourselves it...
I am to acknowledge your Excellencys favours of the fifteenth and twenty fourth June last, the former would not have remained so long unanswered, but that we wished to have the full result of the proceedings of the Assembly, so as to give the most satisfactory account of our prospects and expectations. We have now to acquaint your Excellency, that agreeable to the inclosed Resolutions, Robert...
We had the honor of your Excellencys favour of the twenty seventh Ult. requesting sixteen hundred Militia of this state. The Congress at the same time made a requisition of four battalions of Infantry consisting of two thousand two hundred and twenty eight rank and file a Company of Artillery, and Corps of sixty four horse for the southern service. A demand has also been made of three hundred...
We have to acknowledge your Excellencys favour of the fifth Instant—the observations on the address of the Artillery Officers of Colonel Proctors Regiment contain so perfect and satisfactory an answer that we hope we shall have no occasion to trouble your Excellency on that subject again much less shall we by any act of ours contravene a system which is established not only by Resolutions of...
I am desired by the Supreme Executive Council, to transmit to your Excellency, the inclosed Memorial from the Officers of Colonel Proctors Artillery. They importunately press for an answer, but the Council have declined it, untill they could be favoured with your advice and opinion. The Officers have this day intimated that if not redressed they propose to resign we can not approve the...
Having been lately called upon to perform a very important duty, towards the Troops of this state forming apart of the Continental Army, we should be wanting in due respect to your Excellency, if we did not lay before you a succinct and accurate detail, of so important a Transaction, as far as we have been called on to take part in it. Upon the repeated application of General Wayne, a sum of...
I am to acknowledge the Receipt of your Excellencys favour of the tenth—Instant appointing the places of deposit for the specifick articles required by Congress. Some difficulties have arisen with respect to Wyoming which the Inhabitants of this state do not consider as of Continental importance, but only as holding or possession for the state of Connecticut: in consequence they think it hard...
I beg Leave to introduce to you Mr Sheill a Gentleman whose Enthusiasm in the American Cause has led him to this Country with a very considerable Fortune. Being disappointed in his Expectations of visiting the Camp in a military Capacity he wishes for an Oppy to pay his Respects to your Excellency as a private Gentleman. Having dismiss’d the Militia collected the Military Stores & transferr’d...
I take the earliest Oppy to acknowledge your Excellys Favour of the 26th Inst. & shall immediately comply with your Desires in every particular. I have already stopp’d the distant Militia & shall discharge those here assoon as they are mustered which we are now about. All Stores will be duly collected & reserved so that in Case there should be any future Occasion we may not lessen the...
Upon receiving your Favour of the 20th Instt I dispatch’d Orders, to the Militia which had cross’d at Coryells Ferry to join me here & to halt the Militia of the back Counties till farther Orders: Being now so fully apprized of the real Situation of Things I shall endeavour in every Respect to make such Arrangements as to forward the Supplies & prevent unnecessary Consumption. A great Number...
Your Favour of the 20th Inst. came to Hand this Afternoon & it gives me great Pleasure to find I have anticipated your Excellys Desires in almost every particular. I have encamp’d the Troops on the Banks of the Delaware, & drawn a very considerable Part of my Supplies from Bucks County, so as not to interfere with the Quota of the County to be furnished for the Army. Tho Col. Stewart did not...
On the 17 Inst. I did myself the Honour of writing to you from this Place informing of my being here with about 1200 Men, being the Militia of Philad. County, City & Bucks County. Having upon all Occasions accomodated the Board of War with any military Stores in Possession of the State & Times & Circumstances not admitting their being replaced, we were unavoidably delayed, so that it was not...
In pursuance of your Orders I am thus far on my Way with about 1200 of the Militia of the City, County of Philad: & Bucks those from the other Counties not having arrived but are by this Time on their Way. Every Expedient that could be used for dispatch has been adopted but the natural Slowness in their Movements, the necessary Equipment & other Provision has unavoidably consumed some Time....
Your favour of the Thirtieth Ult. signifying you r intentions to call the German Regiment from the Frontiers of this state has been duly received. As your Excellency is the best Judge, and has an undoubted right to direct the operations of every branch of the American Army, to that point where you shall deem them most usefull, it is our duty to acquiesce in this measure and tho it probably may...
I am to acknowledge your Excellencys favour of the twenty seventh Ult.--calling for the Militia of this state to join the main Army as soon as possible—with which we shall most chearfully and readily comply. On the twelfth of June last the Militia of the City and four lower Counties had orders to hold themselves to march at a moments warning. On the arrival of the French Fleet orders were...
I must acknowledge & thank you most cordially for your truly friendly & valuable Letter of the 4th Inst. I consider it an inestimable Mark of that Esteem, of which, with a kind Allowance for human Frailty, I trust I am not altogether unworthy & which I shall be sollicitous to improve & preserve as adding Dignity & Value to my Life. I am sensible of the Delicacy of my Station & that whether I...
Your Excellys Favour of the 19th Inst. requesting 250 Waggons from this State was duly received & Orders have issued accordingly. I fear the Collection of them considering the great Demand by Mr Cornay & other Causes will be more tedious than the Exigency of our Affairs will well admit. The number of Waggons in this State is most amazingly diminished—the County of Lancaster which formerly...
I have received your favour of the sixteenth Instant directing the March of the City Light Horse, for which the necessary orders will be given and they will proceed with all possible dispatch Upon the new plan of our Militia there are Light Horse attached to the troops of every County The short time since the plan has been adopted has not permitted a thorough execution, but if your Excellency...
Your kind & truly obliging Favour of the 28th Ult. came safely to Hand, & the oftener I peruse it the more fully sensible I am of the Justice & Importance of its Contents. I do not know by what Means the expected Assistance from France has been procured, but it will certainly give a Complexion to the Alliance in future accordy to the Reception it meets with here. I should be very apprehensive...
I have the honour of three of your Excellencys favours respecting the supplies furnished by this state agreeable to the Resolve of Congress of the twenty fifth of February. The number and distance at which these magazines are to be formed will I fear be found very difficult if not impracticable, as the Transportation (for which no provision is made by the Resolve of Congress) will in many...
I have the Honour of inclosing you a Memorial from the Officers of Artillery in Col. Proctors Regiment: With the Proceeding of the Council thereupon. And am with great Respect & Regard Your Excellys most Obed. & very Hbble serv. ALS , DLC:GW . GW replied to Reed from Morristown on 1 April: “I have been honoured with Your Excellency’s Letter of the 21st Instant, with the inclosures to which it...
The Bearer has obtained the Permission of the Authority of this State for sundry Persons belonging to the Moravian Society to come into this State from New York. The Council having every Reason to be satisfied with the general Behaviour of the Society I beg Leave to recommend their Case to your Excellys favourable Notice so far as your Orders or Permission may be necessary to the Military...
Our reluctance to take any step which may add to the many cares and embarrassments that necessarily attend your Excellencys station will we hope apologize for giving you this Trouble. The Officers and Men enlisted from the state of Pennsylvania into Colonel Hazens regiment have applied to this Board to partake of the Bounty of the state in Cloathing shoes and other things which have been...
Your Favour of the 16th Instt advising us of the melanch[o]ly State of the Army came to Hand on Sunday Evening, & was early the next Morning laid before the Council. Soon after a Committee of Congress laid before us a Letter on the same Occasion & to the same Import. We did not consider it wise or prudent to spend Time in unavailing Complaints of Misman[a]gement or Neglect but to endeavour to...
A continued State of Indisposition till within these few Days has prevented my acknowledging your very kind & obliging Favour of the 22d Ult. Fearing there might be some Disappointment from Operations & Events which depended much on Winds, Waves & other precarious Circumstances I only made Preparations for our March & am very glad I proceeded no farther—as the Militia would have added greatly...