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Les ordres du roy mon maitre m’ammenent aux ordres ’de votre excellence, j’y arrive avec toute, La Soumission tout Le zele et toute la veneration que j’ai pour votre personnes et pour Les talents distingùes que vous montrez a Soutenir une guerre a jamais memorables. Depuis le depart de Mr DeLa Fayette, il nous est arrivé beaucoup de contrádictions. Le Depart de Mr De Guichen avoit degarni le...
The enemy are doing what they ought to do. Greaves immediately after having joined Arbuthnot comes to cruise before us, with nine or ten ships of the line five frigates and four other small vessels. He moors at present at Block Island, in the object of opposing our designs, and intercepting the 2d division from France. Our dispatch boat charged with letters, and escorted by three frigates, has...
J’avoue a votre Excellence que si l’ennemi eut été plus vif a son arrivée, il nous eut un peu embarrassé, 1500 malades sur La flotte, 800 des Troupes de terre, quelque artillerie de campagne debarquée, pas un canon de siege, qui etoient au fond des calles. Nous finies des Demonstrations de Troupes, ils nous donnerent 24. heures, 8 pieces de siege, 4 mortiers furent mis en batterie au Goulet,...
Mr De La Fayette a rendu compte a votre Excellence de tous Les avis que nous sont arrives par Le Gouverneur de Connecticut, Les Generaux detachés de votre armée sur La rive gauche de La riviere du Nord, a portee d’observer le Sund; enfin par votre adjudant de Confiance que Clinton S’embarquoit avec un gros corps de Troupes pour venir nous visiter, La position de leur flotte toujours mouillée a...
Un Vaisseau qui vient d’arriver á philadelphie, est parti du Port–au–Prince, et a apporté des lettres à plusieurs particuliers de cette Ville, que le Cte de Guichon avec 23. Vaisseaux de ligne, et 10. fregates, étoit parti du Cap français, ayant Sous Son escorte 148. Vaisseaux marchands allant en Europe, il devoit les envoyer jusqu’à une certaine latitude et envoyer M. de La Motte Piquet avec...
Four Days are now past, since the wind is good for Clinton to arrive if he chuses, and I begin to despair of seeing him come here. We are ready to receive him well. A considerable number of the rhode--island and Massachuset’s states militia is arrived here. I have agreed with Major General Heath to keep 3500 of them for the intrenched camp and for the fort at howlands ferry, to assure and...
Sur la lettre de votre Excellence du 4. aoust, j’ai pris le parti 1o de renvoyer les milices en leur exprimant toute un reconnoissance. Il en est arrivé quatre fois plus que nous n’en avions demandé. Je dois distinguer à Votre Excellence le Ministre Peter thocker de la paroisee de Stilibourough, qui a amené toute sa paroisse avec trois de ses enfans, laissant la moitié des champs coupés. 2o de...
Je soumets comme de raison a Votre Excellence mes idees et mon obeissance a ses ordres, mais puisqu’elle desire que je Lui donne mon opinion La voici, je ne pense pas que L’on puisse faire aucune entreprise sur New-york et Long-island sans une superiorité maritime. Le Cas de L’offensive dans cette partie peut s’offrir de trois manieres. 1º. L’arrivée de la 2de Division avec des forces...
I have no new intelligence to give to your Excellency, a Man of war and Two Frigates are stationed on a cruise, before us, and every day succeed one another. The rest of the fleet is anchored at the point of Long-island. Flag rc from the admirals have been sent and have crossed one another, it was about Prisonners to be exchanged. Admiral Graves has made a Prize much richer than the three we...
I have nothing new to inform Your Excellency of. There are always cruizing before us, one Ship of the Line and two Frigates that at night go towards the place where the fleet is anchored, off Gardner’s Island. I am wholly ignorant if the marquis de La Fayette has communicated to Your Excellency an answer I made him to a very voluminous dispatch I had from him, in which there is not the Least...
The English fleet has unmoored, the Day before Yesterday, from Gardner’s island, where it had been taking in Wood and water, and has been cruising yesterday before New London. It is said that they expected for General Clinton’s Land forces, they seem not to have given over their project of Embarking them. I have no faith to that 2d part of the News, which came to me From New London, as I have...
It is with a great pleasure, that I inform Your Excellency, of the arrival of the Frigate The Alliance , at Boston. You will see in the Newspapers herein included, the news that she brings. they are all very good; All I fear, is least the Departure of the 2d Division should not have taken place, until the Junction of the Spanish fleet, that was not effectuated, when the Frigate set sail. She...
The Major of our Artillery who is just returned from Boston told me that Mr De Bougibault aide-de camp to the Marquis de La Fayette had got dispatches for him, for Mr De La Luzerne and for all this army, that he is to bring them, as soon as he hath brought horses, not chusing to trust them to any body he says further that an officer had come to L’ orient , to get on board the frigate L’...
Your Excellency’s favor of the 21st instant, I just now received, together with advices from the Generals on this side Hudson’s river, opposite to the Sund, giving a sure intelligence of Mr Clinton’s imbarking a considerable number of Troops. I have another Letter from Stonington, advising the English fleet of the Line having been seen W.S.W. Mouctun’s point, on Sunday Last on its way to Sandy...
I this moment receive your Excellency’s Letter of the 26th. Your Excellency needs not be uneasy about your dispatch of the 21st. I had already accused the reception of it, the 25th instant, and by comparing together all your Dispatches, I cannot see which should be wanting. I am with respect Sir, Your Excellency’s most obedient humble servant P.S. You mention mine of the 20th and 21st being...
I arrived from Providence last night, where I had gone to see our Hospital. It is owing to Your Excellency’s orders and goodness, and to the case of those employed in it, that it is one of the finest ever I saw. I then Learned that the Mountain had brought forth a Mouse! Yesterday and to Day The British fleet has been seen, 26, in number, several of them Transports, they were riding between...
Before yesterday, I received a Deputation composed of 19. Indians of Different nations who have been led here by Mr Deane, and who have been sent me by Mr Schuyler from Albany. his Letter was addressed to The Marquis de La Fayette, and to Me, in his absence; that induced me to open it. I received them most heartily, I showed them Yesterday the French Troops mixed with the American, I put some...
By a Vessel from Boston, that passed by the Vineyard, I hear that the English fleet sailed off, Southwestward, on the 30th P.M. which account confirms my Last Letter saying that they had not appeared since that time. I had not spoken to Your Excellency about the works going on at Howland’s ferry, to assure our communication with the Continent, because the militia have been very slow at it, and...
Your Excellency’s favor of the 3d instant, I received to day at 12. o’clock, I must own to your Excellency that I cannot believe Mr Clinton’s having taken it again in his head to come to attack us, and I can say, without any great presumption, that if he does, he will repent of it. A Truce flag, that has brought here Prisoners, To the Chevalier de Ternay has told to an officer of his ship,...
We have intelligence by several ships that are entered in differents ports, that they have been convoyed by the fleet of Mr De Guichen of 26. ships of the Line, as far as the 25th Degree. I saw this morning a Captain of a Schooner that came in this morning who says that he had spoken to him, and been on board the admiral ship, When they were at the 23d degree, that he has seen him and the...
According to your Excellency’s orders, The Admiral and I will wait for them at Hartford, on the 20th instant. I keep it under the greatest secresy, as your Excellency wishes. The bad News that your Excellency has received From South-Carolina affect me very sensibly. I doubt very much that Clinton should take his Troops to send them to Virginy, as Long as we will be here in situation to...
Your Excellency’s favor of the 11th inst. I received at noon. The Ch. de Ternay and I are always in the intention to wait for your orders, on the Day and at the place prescribed. We keep it a most profound secret from every body. I believe that the fleet that Chased the vessel that got into New-york, and whose captain has thought that it was the 2d Division, is only Arbuthnot’s fleet, which...
I received this day at 12. o clock, Your Excellency’s Letter of the 13th inst. According to your orders, the Admiral and I will defer our Journey till to be there on the 25th. We were to set out to morrow, under the supposition that I was Comed to Providence to shew the Admiral our hospital. I have nothing new to inform you of; if the embarkation of the Enemy is to come and see us, I hope we...
With the greatest impatience, I wait till I hear from Your Excellency, I hope that your army will have seen you returned in good health. At my return here, I found that our fleet had been warmly alarmed at Sir George Rodney’s arrival; which has produced good effect in making them add to their precautions in fortifying the Islands and considerably bettering the batteries on them, But one thing...
I receive just now, your Excellency’s Letter of the 26th instt, and am exceeding happy to hear of your safe arrival to your army, in good health. I am uncertain whether I am to be sorrowful, or whether I should not Congratulate your Excellency upon the Discovery of that horrid plot of Arnold’s. Whoever, this plainly shews that the Divine Providence is favorable to Us and to our Cause, which I...
In our Last conference, your Excellency asked me and took a note of the artillery of the army; I thought you would have proposed to me the asking our Government the Double of the artillery of Siege, to undertake that of Newyork. As your Excellency appeared satisfied with it, I dared not make any questions about the Artillery of Our Allies, and I thought it was sufficient, to stand in room of...
A Very severe storm has yesternight been agitating our ships and our Tents. This day which proves a fine one, will allow us to repair all the Little mischiefs that it can have occasioned. It is thought that the Ennemy has suffered a great deal more in Gardner’s bay. I will wait for Your Excellency’s orders to put the Troops in New port in Winter quarters, when the houses will be ready, and I...
With the Greatest pleasure, I received to day Your Excellency’s Letter of the 10th instt. I was in the Greatest uneasiness, at my not having received any news from you since your Last of the 26th of Last month. I was sorry for your Excellency that in spite of the goodness of your caracter, you had been forced to make a necessary example, upon the Young Major André. I wait with the greatest...
I shall obey the orders that your Excellency has sent me in your Letter of the 12 inst., as to the Demands I am to make for the artillery of siege. The Chevalier de Ternay has sent out a Cutter to get some news of the British fleet, and he sends me word that he waits only for its rentry to make his Frigates go out. André is dead with honor, Arnold’s life will be attended with infamy, his...
I receive this moment your Excellency’s Letter of the 14th inst. I have nothing new to send word of to you. The Frigate and the Person you know of, are ready to go away, and the Ch. de Ternay waits only for a set in wind, and a pretty fresh one to make them sail away. I beg of your Excellency to send the inclosed Letter to the Ch. de La Luzerne. We have had again a Visit of The Indians, of...
Since the 16th inst., the Frigate waits only for a fresh Northerly wind, it is not come as yet. The person and the Packetts were ready by the 14th. I do not doubt but the imbarkation from Newyork of the 16th that your Excellency mentions in your Letter of the 18th, has its destination for the South. It is most certain that if they are bound for this place, they play at blindman’s buff, for the...
I have the honour to send to Your Excellency a draught of our position that is pretty well taken of. The English fleet comes again to day to see us, we can see thirteen Square sails, at anchor between Block-island and Point Judith. I think that they will get into Gardner’s bay, by the first North wind. Our Admiral waits only for a fresh North-East wind to send of the Person that you know. The...
The Frigates and the person you know set sail yesterday under a very strong North East wind. May Almighty God conduct them, and may they arrive safe at their destination. I believe that the English fleet that was before us is returned to Sandy-hook; There is no appearance of its having got into Gardner’s Bay, because the Ships that were left there, according to the reports from New London, had...
I receive this moment, your Excellency’s favor of the 4th instant. We have had no news of our Frigate, and that is a good sign. Arbuthnot is in Gardner’s bay, It is thought, that he prepares to winter there. Yesterday and before yesterday a Ship of the Line and a Frigate came to Patrole, and are returned to Judith Point. We have entered our houses. The Lodging of the Troops has been made with...
The Marquis de La Fayette has wrote to the Viscount de Noailles his Brother-in-Law, and shows the Greatest desire to see him. I find his Demand so just, that tho’ I have given Leave to several of Our Colonels to go and wait on Your Excellency, I have added likewise the Viscount de Noailles, and the Marquis De Damas. If Your Excellency does not find a moment to come and see this part of your...
There is arrived at Plymouth a Vessel, 300. Four burden, that has been taken by our Frigates, on the night of the 28. last month The same night that they set sail, It was from Portugal, bound to New york, its cargo consisting of Port wine, Brandy & Lemons. The Count de Custine, Brigadier, The marquis de Laval, The Count de Deux Ponts, Colonels & Major Fleury are the Bearers of this Letter, and...
I have had the honor to write to your Excellency, by the favor of the Viscount de Noailles, and the Count de Custine But as it may happen that this Last may arrive before the one I have given to the Count de Custine, I have the honor to tell your Excellency that our frigates have sent into Plymouth a Prize of 300. Tons burden, which they took in the night of the 28th, that they set sail. That...
I have the honor to inform your Excellency of the return of two of our Frigates, to Boston: They left the Amazoune and our Letter-bearer on the 30th at Night, at an hundred Leagues distance from their, sailing fast before the wind, after being chaced by a ship of the Line and a frigate that were a cruising, and having taken in view of them the ship I mentioned in my Last. We have an...
The Intelligence that your Excellency gives me of the arrival of the cork fleet in your Letter of the 16th, is so much the more likely, that the day before yesterday nine vessels were seen entering Gardner’s bay, coming down the Sound, It is thought they were bringing victuals, and that they very likely are a party of the above fleet, which I think would be a proof that Arbuthnot proposes...
Before yesterday we have had a Cruizer that has been patrolling before our harbour, as usual, one of our Cutters is likewise just arrived from his cruize off gardner’s Bay, where he has seen nine ships of the Line at anchor, besides two others that are cruizing out at Large. The Intelligence from N. London assures me that Rodney is gone, which, I won’t believe till Your Excellency certifies it...
Je reçois ici dans l’instant la lettre dont Votre Excellence m’a honoré du 27 du mois dernier, et je la prie de permettre que je lui renvoye une lettre que j’ai trouvé dans le paquet, adressée au Chevalier de La Luzerne, que j’ai reconnu etre de l’ecriture du Chevalier de Ternay, et qu’il me Semble que Monsieur de La Fayette auroit mieux fait de porter a Philadelphie, dans le petit voyage...
I have received from the Commanding officer at St Domingo, a letter in cyphers whereof I send you the translation The Expedition against Pensacola by this time is made, whether with success or not, I donot believe that it is probable that rodney should have set sail to go that way, I should rather think that he is gone to the Leeward Islands. It is very unlucky that the Spaniards be so much...
j’arrive icy ou j’ay voulu faire un voyage d’instruction pour y admirer la belle campagne—qui a fait votre Excellence. en arrivant dans ce post, jy trouver de nouvelle trè interessant qui nous donne batiment ameriquain qui se parti le 4 9bre dans la riviere du nantes. il ma donne la liste cy jointe de vaisseaux veni a brest doublé le convoi—et destiné a venir en amerique avec un convoy que...
Your Excellency has certainly by this time been informed of the death of the Ch. de Ternay by a Letter from the Baron de Viomenil The day of my departure for Boston, I had left him without fever, and I must confess I have cruelly surprised to Learn his death, there, after so short a sickness, that has become so tragical. It is a real loss for our Service, he was a very brave man; a very honest...
Your Excellency’s favor of the 15th instant, addressed to the Ch. de Ternay and me, I have received to day, by this time you must have had intelligence of his Death and I dare say you have sincerely Lamented him, as well as I. Since the Epocha of time wherein your Excellency has wrote me, you must have received several Letters whether they be the news as sent you from Boston, or those that...
I believe that the piece of Intelligence, which I gave to your Excellency, at the end of my Last letter, is absolutely wrong. Col. Wadsworth who is here, tells me that he had it by three vessels of the Sund, gone out of Northwalk Fairfield and the Connecticut, the men in these vessels said they had seen the Signals on the Coast, for the militia and all these Troops in motion. However I this...
Your Excellency’s Letter of the 23d instant , I received Last night, I received Likewise one from Governor Trumbull to which I made the answer of which I send you here a copy. I wish that the 2d Division may be numerous enough to oblige us to extend as far as Newhaven. Mr Meyers, nephew of Mr Gerard is gone on the 26th with the Duplicates of our Dispatches, I hope he will have got clear. Major...
I receive this moment your Excellency’s Letter of the 3d instant. I am very much surprised that you had not yet received the one which I had wrote to you on the 22d of Last month as an answer to your Excellency’s Letter of the 15th; This is certainly occasioned by the carelessness of the Post rider at Hartford. I believe that Your Excellency will be able to judge better than I, that after the...
I have the honor to recommend to your Excellency, The Count de Charlus, 2d Colonel of the Saintonge Regiment, who is only son to the Marquis de Castres, whom the news from Europe, report to be made Minister of the Marine. He has asked my Leave to go and pay his respects to your Excellency, as he proposes pushing forward to Philadelphy, your Excellency will give him Leave, if you think proper....
I learned by a Letter from General Knox then at Lebanon, about eight days ago, the unhappy rebellion of the Pennsylvania Line. As I have had no Letter from your Excellency since that time, I will be very much concerned till I know the issue of it, and for the trouble and uneasiness it must give your Excellency to quell it. We expect here our Frigates that set sail from Boston six days ago,...