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Having had the honour of being admitted into your pressence, and informed you of matters that was my duty to do—As I am disappointed of getting to serve in the revenue department have applied to the Secretary at War to serve my Country once more, either by Sea or Land; but no encouragement, hope your Excellency will condecend to speak to the Secretary at War on the business and will do the...
As your judicious administration is generally approved of in this City; it then becomes every honest and faithful Citizen to the federal Government to support the same: In consequence thereof I thought it my duty to report to your Excellency from good Authority that the greater part of the millicia Officers in this City are avowed enemies to the federal Government: which report I make known as...
Finding that Government have partly determined to fit out Some Ships of War for the protection of our Trade against the Algerines, I beg leave to offer my self for the Comd of the Squadron conceiving my self competent thereto assuring your Excellency that should I be honored with your approbation, my utmost abilities and the most unremitting attention shall be exerted for the good of my...
I am informed it is in contemplation to have a few Ships of War built. Permit me Sir to give you my opinion what kind would be the most proper for this Country at present and for Years to come. I would have them almost in every respect like Frigates with this difference only that their should be a deck fore and aft insted of gang ways with wide gratings and the middle of a few of the Beams to...
Letter not found: from John Barry, 30 June 1789. On 6 July GW wrote Barry : “I have received a list of the Ships that were in Canton . . . which you were so good as to send me on the 30th of June.”
ALS : Historical Society of Pennsylvania; copy: Library of Congress Having nothing to Communicate to your Excellency of any consequence but my Arrival here, and that Mr. Barclay promised me he would anounce— I therefore thought it would be only Troubling your Excellency to write, as I was at that time in Expectation of being to Sea before an Answer Could Come from Paris— some Necessaries being...
I have the Pleasure to inform your Excellency that from the Account brought in here, the French Fleet from France is by this time arrived in Virginia, they having Sailed upwards of two Months & was Seen six Days ago off New York standing to the S.W. the Wind at N.E.—the above Acct we have by some Men landed on Block Island from on Board an English Frigate that was Chac’d by them & escap’d...
ALS : American Philosophical Society; copy: New-York Historical Society I had the honor of receiving your Excellencys Dispatches Containing two packages directed to the Honle. Robt. Morris Esqr Superintendant of the Finances of the United States of America at Philadelphia, and two Directed to the Honle Robt. B Livingston Esqr. Secretary for Foreign affairs at Philadelphia and shall sail in a...
ALS : American Philosophical Society; copy: New-York Historical Society The inclosed was this moment handed me, and as an Officer in the Service of the United States, I can not suffer the Subjects of America to be treated in the manner they are, without laying the Subject before your Excellency. The Author is the Son of Mr. Jacob Bright, who I am sure you must have known, as he was a Man of...
ALS : American Philosophical Society; copy: New-York Historical Society An oversight in my last gives me an Opportunity to write your Excellency, a few lines before I sail— Not inclosing the Account I mentioned, and further wish to acquaint you that the Alliance is by no means fit to take Dry Goods on board, it being impossible in a gale of Wind to keep them from Damaging, ev’ry place in the...
ALS : American Philosophical Society; copy: New-York Historical Society Inclos’d I send your Excellency an Account of Sundry Frenchmen who Came in the Alliance from Boston which I hope you will have settled— The Greatest part of them when received on board were sick and almost naked, the Consequence was I deliverd them Cloaths the same as my People. On my arrival here I acquainted the...
ALS : American Philosophical Society; copy: New-York Historical Society I have the Honor to Acquaint your Excellency of my safe Arrival here yesterday, with the Frigate Alliance in Order to Receive your dispatches for America, which I hope will be here next post. But should that not be the case as the Alliance may want some few things, I shall wait for the Return of the Post for them; but it...
ALS : American Philosophical Society; copy: New-York Historical Society I had the honor to Receive your favor of the 24 Inst. and am much surprized the Marquis did not wait on your Excellency before as he assured me he should the day after he got to Paris, in particular as [ he ] knew the Situation of my Ship, there being a Number of Americans here on board Neutral Vessels and we Cannot get...
LS : American Philosophical Society; copy: New-York Historical Society I have the honor to inform your Exellency of my safe arrivall here with the Alliance in whom came Passengers the Honble. Major General Marquis de La Fayette, Viscount de Noailles, the Honble. Major General de Portail and several other officers. My orders is to go immediately on a Cruize till the first of March, at which...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Inclosed I send your Excellency the Names of the Prisoners I captured in a Small Privateer on my passage from Boston.— I Sail in a few hours for Philadelphia in Company with the Ship that has the Continental stores on board and Sundry other Vessells; I am Sorry I cannot wait for your Dispatches the reason is the Captain of the Marquis de la fayette with the...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I had the Honor to receive yours dated the 17th. inst. but it leaves me intirely in the dark.— As I have no orders from you, and as there is no person here for me to apply to, in Consequence of it and to Comply with my orders from the Honble. the Admiralty I have took the Ship the Marquis delafayette with public Stores onboard under my direction and shall...
ALS : American Philosophical Society In my last I forgot to acquaint your Excellency how very poorly the Ship Alliance is mann’d and the great risque we rund in Coming to Sea with Such a Paltry Crew, be assured Sir nothing would have induced me to leave Boston in such a State but Knowing how essential it was to my Country that Colo. Laurens should be Landed in France with the grestest...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I have the Honor to inform your Excellency of my safe arrival in this place, with Colonel Laurens who doth me the favour to be the bearer of this, and who can give you a particular Account of our Affairs in America,— with respect to the Alliance which I have the Honor to Command.— My Particular Orders is to wait here four or five weeks should there be any...
I send by the bearer the things I have Purchased for Your Excellency, It wood have gave me grate pleasure to have had it in my power to have Complated the whole, but some of them selling so high and others not good was the Occasin —the men I have hire that your Excellency Ordered me from Camp Wants close and the[y] Grumble Very much about it—I fear thare Is some of them that will not stay...
Inclosed is a bill of sundry Articles purchased at the Sales here for your Excellency which tho’ laid in high, hope will please you; I shou’d have compleated the whole of your Excellency’s Memn. had it been in my Power. Major Burnet, purchased all the Knives & forks to be equally divided between your Excellency & General Green; You will please to send the Marshall the Amot of the Inclosed bill...
Inclosed You have an Invoice of the Goods taken from On Board the Schooner Alert & Ships Mermaid & Kitty the Intrenching Tools You mentioned are Stolen by the Inhabitants together with about one fourth Part of the Cargo taken out of the Vessels I Should Be much Obliged to Your Excellency to Appoint Some Person at Middletown or Order them there to purchase what things You may Judge Necessary...
Tis with the Greatest Satisfaction Imaginable I inform You of Capturing two Ships & a Schooner of the Enemy. The two Ships were Transports from Rhode Island Loaded with forage One Mounting Six four Pounders with fourteen hands Each the Schooner is in the Engineering Department Mounting Eight Double fortified four Pounders & twelve four Pound howitz Properly fitted in Every Particular & Manned...
According to the Orders of General Wayne I have Destroyed the Forage from Mantua Creek to this Place the Quantity Destroyed is about four Hundred Tons & Should have Proceeded farther had not a Number of the Enemies Boats appeared in Sight & Lining the Jersey Shore Deprived Us of the Opportunity of Proceeding Farther on the Same purpose, Shall Remit to Your Excellency the Names of the Persons...