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I do myself the honor to enclose your Excellency a copy of a letter of resignation as Quarter Master General to Congress, and another upon the same subject to the Committee of Congress in Camp. I have only to lament that the measures of Administration have laid me under the necessity, at this critical moment. It is true, it has been my wish for a long time to get out of the Department; but as...
The inclos’d copy of a representation from Colo. Berry, an Assistant D.Q.M.G. in this State, will shew your Excellency that a new difficulty has arisen to delay transportation. It is very unfortunate that we should lose the advantage of this favourable turn of conveyance, as the time is just at hand when it will be almost impossible to bring forward the supplies. The Inhabitants are unwilling...
I beg leave to congratulate your Excellency upon the glorious and important success of your Army. The news of the surrender of Lord Cornwallis and his Army reached us the 27th in the evening; and it came so well warranted that we had a feu de joy upon it the 28th. The intelligence came away the 18th from Richmond; but I find by a letter I have since received from Col. Carrington that the...
There has been committed some of the most horrid acts of plunder by some of the Pennsylvania line that has disgraced the American Arms during the War. The instances of plunder and violence is equal to any thing committed by the Hessians. Two soldiers were taken that were out upon the business both of which fired upon the Inhabitants to prevent their coming to give intelligence. I think it...
I waited upon the Minister of France this morning; and find he sets out for Camp on Tuesday next. He has recoverd a tolerable share of health, and seems in perfect good humour. It is said he has been detaind by Congress for some days past; but on what account is a matter of speculation. There is a report secretly whisperd about Town that there has some overtures of Peace been made by Great...
Inclosed is the opinion of the General Officers at this Post and General Wayne who has had a very good opportunity to view the River & the fortifications upon the same —Agreeable to your Excellencies instructions I have given the necessary orders to carry the further obstructions in the River into execution —I am going this day up to New Windsor to view the Obstructions there & the passes...
I arrivd here yesterday about noon; and met with a kind and hospitable reception by Mrs Washington and all the family. Mrs Washington, Mr and Mrs Custis, (who are here) and Mr Lund Washington and his Lady are all well. We set out this morning for Richmond, and it is now so early I am oblige to write by candle light. Nothing but the absolute necessity of my being with my command as soon as...
I have receivd your Excellencys letter of the 28th and have carefully read and considerd the several subjects therein addressed to me. The whole matter seems to be resolvd into two points whether we shall act offensively or defensively. If the first the force and plan to opperate upon and if the latter the disposition to be made and the position to be taken. There could not be a moments...
I have this Evening receiv’d several Letters from Colo. Hay: copies of two of which I inclose to Your Excellency for your perusal. They contain representations of the encreasing difficulties, in the Quarter Master’s Department, at the Post of Fish Kill. It is nothing more than I expected; but only things are drawing to a crisis a little earlier than I had conceived of. I am confident no Man in...
I receivd your letter of the 21st I was with a Committee of Congress who had the business of the Cartel and other matters under consideration when your Excellencies letter was deliverd me—I had explaind the matter fully to the Congress & Committee I was two hours before the former and two Evenings with the latter—I believe the business of the Cartel will be settled agreeable to your...