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I enclose to your Excellency the New York paper of yesterday, which announced the arrival of the British fleet under Admiral Graves. From what I can learn, the fleet consists of one of 90 guns three 74 and four 64 under A. Graves this however I cannot absolutely asert to be a fact not haveing received my information in as direct or regular a channel as I could wish. The Capt. of the Guadaloup,...
I have received your Excellency’s letter of the 7th with the proceedings of a court martial enclosed, which proceedings the court were of opinion from the nature of the oath they had taken, they could not communicate to any person untill the commander in chief’s pleasure shuld be known, they therefore dispatched them to Head Quarters without my knowledge when your Excellency returned them to...
I enclose to your Excellency a note which I have received from the paymaster general with respect to a permission for Captains Ogden & Dayton to be absent for the purpose of procuring their vouchers & Accounts for settlement. I would wish to know whether it is your Excellency’s pleasure that they be permitted to go to Jersey for this purpose. I can assure your Excellency that I am fully...
I have just received the intelligence from below, of the arrival of a large fleet at the hook on wednesday last. It is said to contain near four thousand men and generally supposed to be the army under Lord Cornwallis. Should there be any foundation for the above, I have reason to expect every hour, a confirmation of it, by an officer whom I sent to Newark the day before yesterday for the...
I am honored with two letters from Your Excellency dated the 11th: Your Excellencys Orders for sending on Mr Depeyster, provided upon a representation of the matter, it was approved by the Governor together with his directions for that purpose, were the reasons which occasioned my conducting with him in the manner I have done. Ignorant of your Excellency’s intentions respecting Mr Depeyster &...
By intelligence I have just received it appears, that the fleet which has been laying at Sandy hook for some days past, sailed last Thursday, That the enemy have a great number of Vessels loaded with Stone to be sunk in such parts of the channel as may best answer their purpose. Flour it is said is becoming scarce in New york and that the Inhabitants are much distressed on account of the...
The fleet of which I gave your Excellency advice in my last, set sail & left the hook the day before yesterday about ten oClock. The account which I transmitted of the number of sail, of troops and the horses embarked was, I believe strictly true. Two frigates only sailed out with them, but I could not learn with certainty whether any part of Arbuthnot’s fleet were to join them on their way....
The enclosed is the copy of a paper I have just received from New York, which I beleive to be nearly just; excepting five or six of the smaller vessels which are constantly kept out cruising, the fleet is now at anchor just without the hook nearly in the same manner Count DEstaing was in august 1778. If your Excellency has any hard money for the public service should be glad to have some sent...
I have been honored with your Excellency’s letter of the 28th Ult. appointing Philadelphia to be the place of meeting for the general society of the Cincinnati. I have since been particular in complying with your Excellency’s request, by making that appointment known to the representatives of the society of this State and by urgeing in the most expressive terms, their punctual attendance. With...
Enclosed is an account of their present force in New York and its dependencies, handed to me by a person who I believe is well informed. Unluckily for me, on sunday night a party of militia from second river, crossed over to Bergen and went into a house near the fort where they made prisoners a Capt. Harding and McMichael—the former was paroled, but the latter being known and demanded by one...
Lying Rivingtons account of the reduction of C. Town was Sent of[f] by Col. Stewart without my knowledge. Least it should give your excellency as much pain through the night, as it did me for one hour, I have Sent this & I do venture to assert it to be one of Lying Jemys Aberations; within this hour I have received three diffirent accou[n]ts of its not being beleived in N. York, A variety of...
As soon as your Excellency’s orders were received, to march the Jersey Brigade, no time was lost for calling the parties at Sussex, Pompton and the Clover the last of them arrived the 6th but we were under the necessity of sending a party into the country to procure cattle, as we have not had any meat for some time past, except what we have been obliged to take in that way—This together with...
The members of the society of the Cincinnati in the state of New Jersey, this day convened at their annual meeting, for the purposes of perpetuating their friendships, and of commemorating together the great events which gave Independence to these United States (in all that purity of intention which we trust has ever been manifested by our Society, and for the truth of which we have appealed...
The opinion of the Officers of the Jersey line was yesterday taken on the subject of the commutation and they unanimously agreed to accept the five years pay as compensation for the half pay promised to them by Congress. I am Sir with great respect Your most obedient & very humble servt DNA : Item 149, Letters and Reports from Benjamin Lincoln, Secretary at War, PCC—Papers of the Continental...
Letter not found: from Col. Elias Dayton, 19 July 1777. In his letter to Dayton of 19 July, GW writes: “Yours of this morning has just reached me.”
About to render my accounts for the last quarter, I take the liberty of transmitting to you the enclosed estimate of expences attending the providing of Storehouses at the Cantonment near Green Brook for the Contractor’s & Quarter Master’s supplies and of requesting the necessary sanction of your signature. As the calls for Hospital & Quarter Master’s stores were almost incessant, & as it was...
A Schooner just now arived here from New York for the family & goods of Doctor Peterson. It appears from a paper shewed me by Mrs Peterson that on the 22d of May liberty was granted to remove within one week from that time. He however delayed the matter & appeared undetermined till lately when he went to New York hardly in a fair way, & has now sent for his family. Altho’ neither he nor his...
Enclosed is a return of the men now at this place. I have reason to expect that their number will soon be encreased, as four hundred & fifty men are directed by a law of the state to be immediately enlisted, and, as an encouragement for this purpose, each recruit is to receive a bounty of Thirty two silver dollars. When we marched from Morris, public waggons were not to be had we were of...
In my last I informed your Excellency that the British fleet had sailed the 8th Inst. I have since discovered that the mistake took its’ rise from the circumstance of a great part of it having fallen down below the watering place on that day. I would now acquaint your Excellency that the fleet really sailed on Sunday, convoyed by six ships of the line. Their delay thus long has I imagine been...
The enclosed is from the old correspondent in New york. By a person from the city two hours before its recept, I gained information very nearly agreeing with the contents of the enclosed letter—I am positive, that the Jamaica fleet which had fallen down to the hook and were just sailing out were Stopped on Sunday morning last, and the passengers returned to town where they expect to continue...
Soon after I received your Excellency’s letter, the person who was the subject of it communicated to me the following intelligence. Colonel Conolly with his corps to proceed to Quebec as soon as possible, to be joined in Canada by Sir John Johnson with a number of tories and Indians said to amount to three thousand. His rout is to be by Buck island, Lake Ontario and Venango and his object is...
I am very well convinced from many different accounts, that the force under Admiral Greaves, consists of six ships of the line only and that no troops came with him. They are very industriously inpressing seamen, to mann their ships; upon which, they declare, that they intend to find and fight the french fleet—tho’ suspected by some, that they rather intend to sail for the West Indies. I...
Enclosed is the proceedings of a court martial held on a deserter from the second Regiment of Jersey, he was taken from a party of British sailors on their way from Philadelphia to New York to be exchanged, his Officers say he is a very bad fellow—Three days since two frigates with twelve sail of transports left N. York and it is publickly said they are gone to bring all the troops from...
General Clinton gave orders three days since to all the troops under his command to desist from any farther offensive operations against the Americans, without his particular and express orders for the purpose. The Accounts from New York say that vessels are detached to order in all those which are cruising upon our coast, but I have not seen any official confirmation of it. A fleet is now...
I received your Excellency’s letter dated the 11th last evening. I believe without a doubt that another embarkation is in great forwardness and that in every point it will be more respectable than that of the last under General Phillips. I have enclosed a letter from Capt. Scudder commanding at Elizth Town, which is in a great measure confirmed by my private intelligence from the city. How...
By a person from Newark I am just informed, that a number of heavy cannon have been lately sent from New York to the narrows, at which place, they say, a French fleet is shortly expected. The accounts from New York which appear to have some foundation are, that the Regiment of Anspach with the British light infantry are ordered to return from the southward. I have heard from Colonel Seely, who...
I arrived at this place at 8 oClock this morning with the Jersey troops, excepting one subaltern and twenty men whom I ordered yesterday towards the new bridge for the purpose of seizing for our use some fat cattle of which we were in great want and which were most probably designed for the enemy. Enclosed is a letter I received from the Revd Mr Caldwell since we marched; I take the first...
By a person from New york 28th inst. it appears the british fleet were then laying at the hook with the troops on board, The enemy have again vissited Elizabeth Town but have gained little by the excurtion as appears by Capt. Scuders letter inclosed—I have also inclosed the New york account of an action between the french & english fleets by which I think it does not appear the english have...
I have been honored with —— of the 17th. Inst. and now enclose a list of materi als which I have furnished for the canton ment to the last of February to which time my — have been made up & forwarded to the War Office. I had before procured Colo. Smith’s certificate that the articles were furnished by his orders & forwarded it, with my accounts, to the office of the Accountant, who has...
Your Excellencys letter of the 15th came safe to hand I consider myself honored by your Excellency’s congratulation on my late promotion & am highly indebted for the part your Excellency was pleased to take on that occasion. A little time, will be requisite for some necessary preparations which shall not detain me longer then this week, when I shall repair to camp without loss of time. Capt....
I take the liberty of introducing to the knowledge and notice of your Excellency, my son, who will have the honor of presenting this. He wishes to be so happy as to obtain the approbation & nomination of your Excellency to the appointment of Collector of imposts or duties for New Jersey. Motives of delicacy prevented my mentioning this matter either by letter or in person in the course of your...
Confiding in your known and admired candor I beg leave to address you on a subject of great delicacy and to me very interesting & important. Sensible that your Excelency has been frequently interrupted with resignations from the Officers under your command ’tis not without reluctance that I pray your attention to a subject of this nature. With the greatest sincerity I say it—I could never be...
On Sunday morning I was alarmed with an account that the Jersey brigade had revolted, were directing their march this way and were in the neighbourhood of this place. I immediately desired the officers of the detachment upon this station to sound the sentiments of the men under their immediate command, who soon discovered that they had no inclination to join with the seditious part of the...
Since sealing the letter of this morning to your excellency—I have received the following very particular account of Admiral Greaves’s force &c. Viz. Commanders Ships names Guns Admiral Greaves London 90 Sir Charles Ogle Resolution 74 Capt. Affleck Bedford 74 Captn Burnet Royal Oak 74 Capt. Thompson
I have the honor to enclose to your Excellency a late New york news paper, together with a letter just received from a person Sent to N. york for the purpose of gaining intelligence. From another person sent for like purpose I have a certain account that one night last week nine villains crossed from Staten Island to Amboy, for the purpose of assassinateing governor Livingston and every person...
I received safely the letter which contained your Excellency’s orders for the relief of the Garrison at Wyoming—as the men now there are, by reason of age lameness & other infirmities, fit persons for Garrison duty only. I would ask your Excellency’s permission to relieve the officers only . I have reason to think that the men now there will be contented to stay with a new set of officers and...
In Consequence of your Excellencys Order, Mr Depuyster was apprehended & confined in the Jersey Camp, and a Representation of his Case immediately forwarded to Governor Livingston—Previous to the Governors Answer, Mr Depuyster applied to Council, claiming the Priviledges of a Subject of the State of New Jersey, this Council advised, & accordingly issued by his Directions two Writs of habeas...
I have been honored with your letter of the 13th. Instant & feel much surprize at the information given by Coll. Smith. On the 4th. of this month I contracted, by Coll. Smith’s written order, for 100 loads of Stone with the privilege of extending the number of loads as the Commandant should require, in consequence of which more than two hundred loads have already been delivered & those much...
I yesterday removed with the two Regiments to this place for the sake of provisions and beer which I am told may be procur’d much easier at this place than at Peramus. I send the Pay Master to Head Quarters for money as both officers and soldiers are much in want of it. The necessaries of life are so very high in the Country that their pay is scarcely sufficient during the month. Your...
I have just now received certain intellgence of the sailing of the brittish fleet out at Sandy hook yesterday morning, they consisted of ten ships and seven brigs, the troops that my informent knew to be on board were the 42 Regt one Battallion of the guards the Anspeck Regmt Lord Raudens Brigade and Simcoes foot but their is not Any Horse gone on board, they are convoyed by the Rainbow, the...
Last night I received the enclosed and as it contains intelligence that may be of consequence to the states, I have taken the liberty of forwarding it to your Excellency by the first opportunity. I am informed that the British are actually at work in erecting lines from North to East River, particulars of which I shall have soon, a number of ships are said to have just arrived at Sandy Hook. I...
The Magistracy and the Inhabitants of the Borrough of Elizabeth beg leave to assure your Excellency that they want words to express the high satisfaction they feel on again beholding in their village, after a war of eight years, the Restorer of their freedom and the Father of his Country. During the awful suspence of that long and cruel period our hopes of success were centered in you—We adore...
I have received your Excellency’s letter of the 1st Instt and shall do every thing in my power to comply fully with the requisition contained in it, altho’ I have of late experienced much greater difficulty in gaining good intelligence from the other side than formerly. I am in daily expectation of having an interview with the person mentioned lately, when I have effected which, I hope to be...
The enemy, who I informed your Excellency in my last had landed in Monmouth, returned the next day having burned two or three private houses and carried off a small number of cattle—They had four or five men killed and a considerable number wounded with several deserters; upon the whole it appears that they gained very little by their expedition. Arbuthnot’s fleet two days since, lay off Sandy...
I have received your excellency’s favor of the seventeenth—should have been more explicit in the letter alluded to, had I not when I last had the pleasure of seeing your excellency given a particular account of the vessels laying at the hook, prepared for a criuze, of which the fleet I mentioned to have sailed on thursday were composed. From what I can since learn I suspect that they were only...
I have been honored with your letter of the 18th. Instant. In compliance with instructions given me by Colo. Smith, I had, about eight days since, contracted for three hundred Cords of Wood to be delivered at the Cantonment at three & a quarter dollars pr. Cord. I also received proposals for the furnishing of wood standing & upon laying the whole before Colo. Smith, the plan adopted was...
I have just received your letter of the 4th Instant, you will please to inform the General that I duly received his of the 11th Ult. but hearing that he was gone to Philadelphia I delayed to answer it, upon a supposition that he would return by this rout—Immediately however upon it’s receipt the orders which it communicated were as far as was in my power strictly executed in every point, I...
As it will be necessary for the passing my accounts at the War Office, that my expenditures for materials &c. under the orders of Colo. Smith, should be known to have been sanctioned by your instructions I now take the liberty, sir, of begging a few lines from you to that effect. Of the most important articles furnishd. by me for the purpose of the Cantonment the quantitie s are as...
I enclose for your Excellency’s perusal a New York paper of the 16th which was handed to me last evening. As I conceived, the undoubted proofs it contains of a rupture between England and the States of Holland might be of essential importance to us, I have thought proper to forward it to your Excellency by the most expeditious mode of conveyance. A vessel just arrived in New York brings an...
By a person from Staaten Island I am informed that a report prevails there, that the British fleet had sailed this morning, which from the number of signal guns I have heard, I am rather inclined to suspect as true. They have taken on board one Regiment to serve as marines and fifteen hundred volunteers have joined them from New York. It is said their object is the french fleet if so, they are...