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Permit me to embrace this earliest opportunity of acquainting you of my arrival here this day from Our Continent, Via Havana, were I embark’d in A Spanish Vessel for Spain the 17 Novr. last, and on the 19th. Instant fell in with A Small Fleet from here under the Command of Count de Grace, (Cape Finisterre bearing E S E about 50 Leagues) who immediately with his Usual Politeness, offer’d me...
Pardon me for not forwarding you the two inclos’d introductory Letters sooner but I was in hopes of readily accomplishing my business here thus expected the pleasure of delivring them to you. Hitherto I have received no possitive Answer, tho Mr. de Sartine has repeatedly favour’d me with opportunitys of Stating my Demands to him and Yesterday promis’d me A reply to my sundry Requests next...
Permit me to Congratulate you on your happy return to Europe, and to make this enquiry after your Welfare. I much flatter myself that nothing but affairs of the utmost Consequence cou’d induce you to undertake the Ardous task of again quitting your happy native Country, and I am well Convinced evry inhabitant on our Continent stands highly indebted to you for this fresh proof of your Zeal for...
I should have had the pleasure of answering your respectfull favour of 20th. past ere now had I not waited to have inform’d you what was doing here. The States are still sitting and I have reason to believe will not adjourn soon, various are the Reports of their proceedings but from what I am able to gather from there I can depend on. The Grand business is done between the Northern Powers on A...
A Fever having confind me to my lodgings some days, debar’d me of the pleasure of waiting on your Excellency, and of making a Verbal instead of A written application to you in behalf and for the use of the State of South Carolina. Your Excellency has been partly a Witness to the unavoidable delays I have met with here, proceeding from a three months spell of Easterly winds and not sufficient...
Since I have been Honoured with Your Excellency’s Reply of 12th November to my Application to You the same day in behalf of the State of South Carolina, fresh disappointments have arisen that Caused unavoidable delays, and thereby Accumulating Expences. These disappointments could not be foreseen nor expected, and were, the delay of 280 Men, all the Ammunition, and Cloathing I had paid for...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I crave your Pardon for the freedom I preuse in addressing the inclos’d to your Excellency, you will greatly favour me in communicating its contents to their Excellencies your Colleagues, particularly to Mr. Izard, if he is with you. I hope soon to have the satisfaction of assuring you in Person, with what Respect I am—Your Excellencies Most Obedt. hble...
ALS : American Philosophical Society <Brest, January 25, 1779: I arrived here today from our continent via Havana. I embarked for Spain on November 17; on the 19th instant I encountered a small fleet about fifty leagues east south east of Cape Finisterre commanded by de Grasse, who suggested that I make for Brest with the frigate Fortunée , Capt. Marigny. To expedite the business I am sent on...
ALS : American Philosophical Society As I propose setting off to morrow morning, I shall esteem it a particular favour if your Excellency will be pleas’d to send me per. the Bearer, the Pass I requested of you (when I had the pleasure of seeing you last) for Capt. Joyner & Self, with Servants & Baggage to Holland thro Flanders, & as we propose returning by the Sea Coast, so as to Visit Havre...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I much regret that I had not the pleasure of meeting your Excellency at Home on my first visit to you since my return from Holland. I was as unlucky Yesterday, being detain’d by unforeseen Events, so that I cou’d not wait on you till the Afternoon, missing you then also, I tho’t it best to come here in hopes of seeing you this day;—will your Excellency...
ALS : American Philosophical Society By Letters lately recd. from So. Carolina I am well acqd. with its Situation & therefore take the liberty to address your Excellency thereon requesting you will weigh how far America is Interested in that States success or misfortunes & that if the Object you have in view for the Continental Ships & Vessels of War in Europe is not superior to that of the...
ALS : American Philosophical Society As I inform’d your Excelly. of my intended Rout last time I had the pleasure of Seeing you, I now with satisfaction assure you that notwithstanding some extraordinary difficulty that arose in Prussia, I adjusted a very essential piece of business there, & know at what terms I can build & fit out these, but little can be done during the winter season there,...
LS : American Philosophical Society When I had the pleasure of seeing you last, I acquainted your Excellency that there was strong hopes, that I should want Seamen & requested your Aid which you was pleased to promise me, observing that there was no men wanted for the immediate Service of the Continent, as the Alliance had more men than she wanted, I have now the direction of One Vessell for...
ALS : American Philosophical Society; copy: Massachusetts Historical Society Your Excellency knows so well all my Occurrences in Holland, particularly my Contract with Lieutt. Colonell Laurens, that I need say but little about Major Jackson, whom I early acquainted that on the Troops coming on board I found there was but little room left. Ships were Chartered, and I got out to Sea as soon as I...
Two ALS : American Philosophical Society I had the Honour of addressing Your Excellency the 30th. Past since when we have refitted our Ship as well as the conveniencies of this Port & Circumstances would admit, & have now our Supplies on board paid for, by part of the State of South Carolina’s effects on board, & the Ballance in Your Accepted Bills which I was happy enough to pass...
When the Ship South-Carolina was at Sea waiting off of the Texel for two Dutch Ships that were coming out to go under her Convoy, loaded with Continental Goods: there was sent onboard, two Boxes from Amsterdam, directed to Your Excellency, which I believe came from the House of Messrs John de Neufville & Son, without any particular advices to Captain Joyner or me; whilst at Corunna, Captain...
Capt. Montgomery not proceeding at the time I expected, prevented forwarding to your excellency by him the 2 boxes, had the honour of writing to you about the 4th of March last: they are now on board the south Carolina, ready to be delivered to any person, your excellency will please to appoint to receive them. With very much respect I have the honor to be Your Excellency’s most obedient &...
I flatter my self with the Hopes that you have enjoy’d a Perfect State of Health since I had the pleasure of Seeing you at Philadelphia, & that you will very soon Reap the Reward due to your Perserverance & Labour, as A little Success of the United Fleet must I conceive produce next Spring that Inestimable Blessing Peace.— I have been Seven Months in this Kingdom Labouring to Execute the...