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I have taken the liberty of enclosing you copies of sundry letters relative to the designs of the Enemy, in and about Detroit. A great number of men must be discharged in the course of a few weeks, which will leave us weak on this frontier, and as no reinforcement of regulars can reasonably be expected for this district and the calling out some of the Militia from the States of Virginia and...
By Captain Daplantier who is just Arrived from the Delaware Towns, I am informed that, the British, at Detroit treat the french Inhabitants with great severity & that they wish for nothing more than the approach of a body of Troops from this place The Captain adds that Colo. Clark with a body of about one thousand Men has actually destroyed the Shawnese Town at Chellacoffy and was in pursuit...
I am honored with your favor of the 28th ultimo and am thankfull for the Contents. I have acknowledged the receipt of your Letter of the 29th December, and shall give every encouragement to Genl Clark’s intend d enterprize. I wish he may be in readiness before the waters fail, and the Kentucke Settlements are destroyed by the Enemy. But I am informed that little or nothing hath as yet been...
I have put off the assembling of the Militia untill the 4th of next Month to endeavour to procure a sufficient quantity of Provisions for them; But I fear it will not be in my power as Genl Gates, who presides at the Board of Inspection, has ordered the Commissaries to stop purchasing; And the Mingoes in sundry parties have been discovered on their march towards the Inhabitants. several...
On the 8th Instant I was honoured with your Instructions together with Copies of Letters to General McIntosh & myself, and in future will use the same precaution for fear of Accidents. I have hitherto heard nothing of Colo. Rawlins nor do I know whether he is yet on his March, but suppose he will make no delay after his Corps is relieved by the Militia. As soon as he arrives & his Men are...
Civil Law in this part of the Country is very feeble and by the confession of the Magistrates cannot answer the end of restraining the Inhabitants from committing the most flagrant abuses on the troops by selling them Liquor at the most exorbitant prices for Money or public Stores causing Drunkeness & other lewdness to prevail, which inervates the Men and causes them to be guilty of many...
The Savages have killed & taken three men since my last. Col. Gibson still continues to counteract me, and the officers who favored his claim refuse my orders. Others refuse his, and things are in the utmost confusion. Mr Fowler has wrote me repeated insolent Letters, denying the right of any person to act as Judge advocate but himself. I intend to take no notice of him at present; lest he...
At the Request of his Excellency the Commander in chief I take the Liberty of addressing you with a few Remarks, which have occured to me, relative to the Minutiæ of our Army: and some which in my Opinion may, by able Hands be improved, into Usefull Regulations. I have had the Mortification to see that the different Staff Departments, have been for the greater part filled, with Men of low...
I wrote you on the 10th & 22nd of November and on the 13th of December last and not having been Honored with a line in answer to either of them Letters begin to fear you have not duly received them wherefore I take the liberty to inclose Duplicates. I likewise inclose the proceedings of a Genl Court Martial on the trial of Lieutt Arthur Gordon adjt of the 9th V. Regt and a return of the...
I most sincerely congratulate you upon your election to the most dignified station in the nation, and I pray God to continue your services to your Country for many years. As you will soon be involved in a multiplicity of Business, I take the liberty to beg the favor of such Testimonial of my Services in the late army, as you may think me entitled to. I have with reluctance made this...
I am just now fitting out about one hundred & fifty men to escort a small quantity of Salt Provisions to Fort Laurens. Indeed I cannot conveniently send a larger party, as the Indians are at present very troublesome on the frontier of Westmoreland County. and a larger party would consume all the Salt Provisions on the March, for fresh I have none save a little Flour, to supply them with....
The Lieutenant of Mongalia County informs me that ten men were killed on friday last above the forks of Cheat. They were quite off their guard when the Indians attacked them, and made no resistance. The Troops are suffering for want of bread, the waters being too low to grind the Grain, and I am informed that the pack horse men have left the Service for want of pay &c. I take the liberty to...
Inclosed I send a list of the Subaltern officers of my Regiment with their Rank as settled by Ballot, Also an Extract from a Letter I have just received from the Chairman of the Board of War —I beg leave to mention to your Excellency that some of the officers are by no means qualified for the Rank they hold in the Regt, whilst much better and decenter officers must submit to their Command—A...
On the 28th of last Month I was honored with your Letter Dated at Head Quarters Middle Brook 5th March 1779. I have the highest sense of the Hono⟨r done⟩ me by your appointment and I sincerely Wish to merit a Continuance of your good Opinion of me, but can only promise that my best exertions shall not be wanting to answer your most sanguine expectations of the Army in this Department, so soon...
Fort Pitt, 17 Jan. 1781. Acknowledges receipt of letter of 12 Oct. 1780. Has information from Detroit that the Indians are in council there and expects “they are meditating with the British to attack these frontier posts, as soon as the season will permit.” The orders to James Francis Moore to purchase rations “on this side the Mountain” will distress the troops there “and probably greatly...
Soon after Col. Gibson and two other officers, appeared as a Committee from the Council who favored his claim, had waited on me with the message related in my letter of the 19th instant, I was desirous to know who the officers were who had presumed to determine my Right to Command . I wrote a note to Col. Gibson accordingly and received an answer with their respective names annexed. Copy...
The Troops under my command having suffered for want of provisions I applied to the hon’ble. Board of war at Philad’a, for information respecting supplies. They have instructed me to apply to the Commissioners of Virg’a and Pen’a, on this side the mountains who they alledge have received orders to make ample provision. I have heard of one County Commissioner appointed for Pen’a, but I cannot...
About a Fortnight ago three Men which I had sent to reconnoiter the Seneca Country returned from Venango having been chased by a number of Warriors who were coming down the Allegehany in Canoes they continued the pursuit until they came some distance this side the Kittaning & the White men narrowly escaped, A few days afterwards Captn Bready with 20 white men & one Young Delaware Chief (all...
The Deleware Chiefs have paid me another visit and the wyandot Chiefs are said to be on the road to this place. The Deleware Chiefs inform me that the english at Detroit have refused to supply the Wyandots with cloathing because they had entered into a treaty of friendship with us they likewise say that the new Fort at that place is f[i]nished and that the walls are so high that the Tops of...
I am honored with your favors of the 4th of January & the 14th of March. that of the 4th January I did not receive untill the 18th instant. Returns of the Troops under my Command have been duly forwarded to the orderly Office agreeable to Genl Orders. except one or two Months in the Winter when the Mountain was impassible. As no reinforcement can be had from your Excellency, the intended...
Your favour of the 14th of August I had the Honor to receive on the 7th instant, and am very thankfull for the Contents. You must ’ere now be convinced that Colo. Bowman’s apprehensions were founded on Certain intelligence, of an expedition intended against the Forts on Kentucke. I have sent out parties to take Cattle & Grain from the inhabitants and expect to obtain a considerable supply of...
Since my last, ten persons have been killed , wounded & taken by the Indians in Westmoreland County. Parties of Regulars & Militia have endeavoured to overtake them but without success. The accounts I have received relative to the British Garrison at Detroit differ widely, some making it to consist of only two hundred Men, some three hundred, & others upwards of four hundred. This has...
I have the Honor to inclose Colo. Clarks Journal containing an account of his success against Governor Hamilton of Detroit & the Garrison of post St Vincent (or Fort Sackvill.) Also two Letters just come to Hand by runners from Cochocking. The Shawnese burnt the speech I sent them of which a Copy is inclosed, & one half the warriors of that Nation are now with the English at upper Sandusky....
A few days ago I received intelligence that a party consisting of thirty odd Wyondat Indians, had crossed the Ohio River five miles below Fort McIntosh, and had hid thirteen small Bark Canoes upon our Shore. I immediately ordered out two parties of Militia, to go in search of them, and cover the Harvesters. At the same time I detached Captn McIntyre, to form an ambuscade opposite to the...
I have long doubted the propriety of writing you an Account of what I sincerely wish you to know relative to the circumstances of the Army here And nothing but the hopes I entertain of your pardoning me where I Err not with an Evil intention could induce me to attempt it For upon my Honor I know no Circumstance would give me more pain than incurring your displeasure. Nothing but a love for my...
I am honored with your favours of the 10th and 21st of last Month. on the 26th of last month I threw in a small Supply of Provisions to Fort Lawrens with orders to Major Vernon to throw up inner Works of earth Sufficient to resist light Artillery. this Supply will last the Garrison Consisting of 75 Rank and file untill the 19th of this month, by which time I hope to be able to throw in Another...
I have the pleasure to inform you that I am now in possession of a sufficient Quantity of provisions to subsist a thousand Men for three Months. A party of Indians have lately done some mischief on the forks of Chiat River, & I am informed the Western Mingoes the Wyandots of upper Sandusky & the Shawnese have lately been very Hostile against the new Settlements on Kentucke and at the fall of...
I am honored with your Letters of the 29th of December & 10th Jany last. that of the 10th came to hand on the 20th instant, and the other on the day following. As it is my Duty, so it is my highest pleasure, to execute every instruction I receive from your Excellency, to the utmost of my capacity. Captain Steth having retired to his farm I cannot at this time, send his rank, but have inclosed...
I am Honored with yours of the third instant and the Inclosure. The Strictest Attention Shall ever be paid to all the Instructions your Excellency may from time to time be pleased to give me and I am very happy in having permission to establish the posts at Kittaning and Venango and am Convinced they will answer the Grand purposes mentioned in your letter, The Greatest difficulty will be to...
I have this moment received intelligence that the Enemy from Detroit intend paying a visit to this frontier. Major Lanctot has wrote me in french, and I take the liberty to inclose a copy of the translation. The Delaware Runners add that a party of twenty Indian Warriors have been discovered, about six days ago, marching towards those Settlements, and that a large party of Seneca’s may soon be...