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The situation of my private affairs is so interesting at this time, that I am compelled to solicit leave to retire from the service—and as general opinion anticipates a speedy dissolution of the army. I hope that my voluntary resignation will produce no injury or inconvenience to the publick—If my request can be granted, I shall always hold my self prepared to obey your commands, should my...
Reading [ Pennsylvania ] July 2, 1799 . “I arrived here on the 29th. Ult. and assumed the Command of the detachment at this place.… Since my arrival at this place I have been at some pains to get information from persons of trust Citizens of this place, and it is very generally their opinion that to take away a part of the troops from this place would have a bad effect, that they ought rather...
I did not receive your favour of the 16 th U lt untill yesterday. I now reside in the neighbourhood of this Town, and have lived here near two years, I heard by accident of your letter being in the Post office of Havre degrace , and wrote to the Post master for it, it was very neglectful of him not to forward it to me, as he knew I resided in this vicinity, As I suppose the person to whom I...
Capt. Irwin’s company marched last week for Fort Mifflin, and I sent with them two of the prisoners that are under trial and whose sentence I forwarded to you viz. Robt. Brown and George Tyson, John Lewis who the other prisoner tried is still in gaol here. Enclosed is the monthly return of the troops now lying at this place. I am going to Easton to day and will forward you the monthly return...
Yours of the 23rd. 24th. & 26th. Ult. came duly to hand The Court Martial you directed was held yesterday and to day, and I will forward you the proceedings by the next post. Capt. Shoemaker will march in about two days for Easton, with his company. Lieut. Boote set out yesterday for New York, and I have annexed his company detachment to Capt. Shoemakers company according to your orders. I...
Yours of the 10th. inst. came to hand by this days post. I have given orders for Capt. Irwins company to hold themselves in readiness to march on next Wednesday morning— I would have ordered them to march on monday morning, but we have had heavy rains this three days, and have not yet subsided, so that the roads are very bad and the waters high, but I expect will be passable by wednesday. I...
Enclosed is the monthly return of Capt. Shoemaker’s company at Easton. That part of his company that was Lieutt. Boote’s detachment are much in want of their clothing, some of them are nearly naked. I forwarded to Col. Stevens, as you directed , some time since a return for such things as were due the men, or wanting, but have not heard from him since. With great respect I am Sir Your most...
In not having an answer to my letter of the 2nd inst. I take it for granted, you aquiece in my opinion, with respect to dividing the troops at this place. I am yet of opinion it will be improper, to divide so small a force, it will make us appear little in the eyes of the disaffected part of the Country, and lose that effect, a military force ought to have. Persons of trust of this place, say...
I have forwarded Lieut. Carson & Lieut. Montgomery to the Regimental rendevous with forty recruits and have sent William Griffin alias William Stewart (with them) who I mentioned to you in my letter of the 5th. inst. I have written Col. Ogden who I expect will consult you with respect to a Court Martial when the prisoner is brought to the rendevous With great respect I am Sir Your most Obedt....
Captain Shoemaker informs me he has no regular statement of the money he has received & expended, but will have one made out as soon as possible, in the recruiting service he has two hundred and twenty dollars of arrears of bounty money in his hands, and the reason he did not give it to the Soldiers, was they received five months pay at the same time this money was sent him, and clothing he...