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I received Your Excellencys instructions Yesterday in the afternoon, the Horse being much fatigued I thought it necessary to give them a short time for refreshment in the main sent down two partys of a Sergt and six men each, the one to be under the directions of Captn McLean the other to the officer Commanding at Plymouth meeting House —Captn McLean sent me the Inclos’d in consequence of...
The last night I recd a letter from Col. Hamilton informing me that your Exellency was not acquainted with my motives for sending Capt. Mclean the order he inclosed to you, for fear my conduct might be thought blameable in that respect, I beg to represent what occationed it, I had been informed by the greatest part of the officers who had been on that duty, that Capt. Mclean and his party...
Agreeable to your Exellency instructions I sent an Officer to town and the inclosed is his report —if your exellency will induldge me with twenty men from each regt of Horse I can cross at philidelphia and fall on thair rear. I am your Exellencys Most Obd. Hbl. Svt Col. Fiz garald desired me to inform you that he was gone to town. ALS , DLC:GW . The letter is undated, but the contents indicate...
since my last I have recd the inclosed from Mr Morris but ⟨do⟩ not complye’d with his request as your excellencys instructions was to the contrary what he mentions has been conferm’d by man⟨y⟩ I have se⟨en⟩ this after⟨noon⟩ from tow⟨n⟩—the in⟨closed⟩ is a return of prisoner⟨s⟩ taken by capt. Heard as delivered them to the care of Lt dover belonging Capt. Mc lanes detachment —I have not been...
Letter not found : from Maj. Alexander Clough, 23 Aug. 1778. On 24 Aug., GW’s aide-de-camp Richard Kidder Meade wrote Clough: “His Excellency commands me to acknowledge the receipt of your favor of Yesterdays date—& thank you for the intelligence it contain’d—He wishes you to continue your endeavours to collect the most perfect accots possible; the circumstance in particular which you mention...
Letter not found : from Maj. Alexander Clough, 24 Aug. 1778. On 25 Aug., GW wrote Clough : “I recd yours of yesterday late last Night.”
I had the honour to recive your letter at ten last night, at two this morning I marcht for Bergan, to collect what intelligance I could. The Gentlemen mentiond in my instructions have not made any preparation to leave the town—the waggons are on long Iseland which prevents my informent giveing a perticular Acct of them. in a few days I Expect to be more fully inform’d—On Sunday morning a...
I have recd inteligance that Yesterday betwixt two and three in the afternoon a signell Gun was fire’d at New york upon which a hunderd and forty sail of transports fell down to the hook (this is certain thayr numbers where told by severl persons on bergan shore) where thay are bound I am not able to lern—the day before Brass cannon was sent on board transports in the north river likewise...
I had the honour to recive your Exellencys favour yesterday, and shall use the utmost of my endavours to get the most satisfactry intelligance. I think we have got it at this post, in such a chanell that we cannot faill, of getting certain information of every thing of moment, that Occurs in New york, if my conduct meets with your approbation, I shall esteem it as more then a sufficient reward...
I am inform’d by a person from New York, that the 27th Regt have sent thayr Baggage on board the Britania transport, three companys of Artillery are orderd on board the Howe, the Officers Baggage is sent on board—Another informs me thayr waggons are repair’d, and the horses are shoeing in every part of the town—Major tenpeny is order’d to raise a Corps of horse. I am Your Excellency[s] Most...
Three french merchants who have been prisoners in New york four months, but had the liberty of the town—informs me, that Gnl Clinton went over to long Island on wedensday last, it is suposed to see those troops he carry’d up the sound, which are now encamp’t, he is expected back in a few days, thay continue to embark thayr cannon, and ordinance stores, a body of troops are likewise embarkt,...
On Satterday Orders where given in New york, for one hundred and fifty transports to be got ready to sail at an hours warning, Gnl Clinton is on his march with his army for New york—the above intelligance may be depended on—the whole are employ’d in cleaning thayr vescells—It is reported that ten thousand are to embark for the Northward. I am Your Exelencys Most Obt ALS , DLC:GW . The previous...
This morning I was in formd that genl Clinton had return’d to new york, the former intelligance relating the removel of the arttilery store is conferm’d with this addition, that there remains little on shore, the loss of men by sickness in Adml Byrons fleet is very considerable, at this time there is not less than 460 sick belonging, the Conquerer unfitt for duty, Adml Howe arive’d the last...
since my last tho I have seen severall from New york I have not been able to collect any thing more then a confermation of the former intellegance, and that a great quantity of furniture is selling off at vandue—Adml Byron arive’d the last wedensday with a ninhty & seventy four, which as been the only movement in the fleet for this week past, according to the best inthelligance I can get. I am...