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The General has desired me to inform You, that he intends to examine the Grounds on our right immediately after Breakfast & will be glad of your company. Your Lordship had better come down & partake of what we have. I have the Honor to be with great respect Yr Lordship’s Most Obt sert NHi : Alexander Papers.
I inclose You a memorial by Mr Hunter, late pay master of the 4 Pennsylva & a Letter from Colo. Willm Butler to His Excellency the Commander in Chief. The General says Mr Hunter is to be allowed pay to the last of August 1779 in settling his Accounts. He desires the inclosed papers to be filed with the Courts. I am Gentn Yr Most Obedt St DNA : Papers of George Washington. To his Excellency...
I have the honor to transmit you the inclosed Certificates at the desire of the Officers mentioned in them, who request—that the Board will be pleased to make out & forward their Commissions by the earliest Opportunity. I am also desired by His Excellency to inform the Board, that the Officers of Moylans—Webbs&Jackson’s Regiments are very importunate about their Commissions, which he requests...
His Excellency the Commander i C n Chief having received a letter from the Honble the Board of War requesting you to repair to Philadelphia on the subject of your command at Squan last Winter, I am to inform You that the General desires you will comply with their request without delay and that you will deliver the Board the Letter which he has addressed to them. But previous to your going, you...
The Commissioners, appointed by His Excellency General Washington, “to confer, determine and agree upon a Treaty and Convention, for the exchange of prisoners of war, and for all matters whatsoever, that may be properly contained therein,” are inexpressibly concerned, to find, that the Commissioners on the part of General Sir William Howe should think it necessary to make the objections stated...
We have the honor of your favor per flag; Having inform’d General Washington of the message delivered yesterday from Sir W. Howe, & of our intentions to return to camp immediately, in consequence of it; we do not think ourselves at liberty, to use so much delay, as would afford us the pleasure of the interview proposed. We are   Gentlemen with due respect   yr. Very hble servts. Df , or copy,...
The Commissioners appointed by His Excellency General Washington to confer, determine and agree upon a Treaty and Convention for the Exchange of Prisoners of War, and for all matters whatsoever, that may be properly contained therein— Having examined the powers on the part of General Sir William Howe to his Commissioners and compared them with their own, observe a difference, which, in their...
My Dear Hamilton we are only leaving Philadelphia. The most flattering attentions have been paid to Meade & myself and such as would not permit us to progress before, unless we had shown ourselves entirely disregardless of the great world. Besides mot⟨ives⟩ of a public nature concurred to make us stay thus long. From all I have seen and heard there is a good dispostion ⟨in⟩ Congress to do all...
I came here, My Dear Hamilton, on Friday night to bid adieu to the General, to you and to My other Friends as a military man, and regret much that I have not had the happiness of seeing you. Tomorrow I am obliged to depart, and it is possible our separation may be for ever. But be this as it may, it can only be with respect to our persons, for as to affection, mine for You will continue to my...
I this minute returned from our Lines on Long Island where I left his Excellency the General. From him I have It in command to Inform Congress that Yesterday he went there & continued till Evening when from the Enemy’s having landed a considerable part of their Forces and many of their Movements, there was reason to apprehend they would make in a little time a Genl Attack. As they would have a...
His Excellency being called from Head Quarters to day on business of Importance which prevents his Writing, I therefore do myself the honor to inform Congress of what has happened since his Letter of Yesterday. Last Evening the Enemy transported a number of Men from Buchanans to Montezors Island, and by their several movements more strongly indicate their Intention to land somewhere about...
His Excellency being out a reconnoitring and busily engaged in the Affairs of the Army, I have the honor to acknowledge his receipt of your Letter of the 6th with the Resolutions inclosed, which came to hand Yesterday Afternoon. In respect to the Militia requested of Jersey, his Excellency is doubtfull, whether they can be obtained. For Governor Livingston, by a Late letter, informed him, that...
Since I had the Honor of addressing you on the 29th Instant, no event of importance has occured. The Enemy are throwing up some Lines and Redoubts in our Front with a view of Canonading as soon as they are ready, and at the same time, are extending their Wings farther by our right and left. It is supposed, that one of their Objects is, to advance a part of their Troops and Seize on the Bridge...
His Excellency having gone this Morning to visit our posts beyond Kings bridge and the Several passes leading from Frog’s point and the Necks adjacent, I have the honor to inform you by his command, that no interesting event has taken place since his Letter by Yesterdays post. Every days intelligence from the Convention of this State, holds forth discoveries of New plots, and of new...
By command of his Excellency, I have the honor to inform you, that our situation is nearly the same, as when I had the pleasure of writing you last; It is altered in no instance, unless in the number of our Troops, which is every day decreasing by their most scandalous desertion and return Home. The Inclosed Letter from Genl Parsons who is stationed near the Saw pits, and which his Excellency...
The whole of our Army is now here and on the Neighbouring Heights, except the Troops left at Mount Washington & Kingsbridge (about Fourteen hundred at the former & Six hundred at the latter) and Genl Lee’s division, which now forms the Rear & which is on their March. Our Removal & that of the Stores, have been attended with a great deal of Trouble, owing to the scarcity and difficulty of...
The situation of our Affairs not permitting his Excellency to write himself, I have it in charge to inform you, that on Yesterday Morning about Ten OClock the Enemy appeared in several large columns in our front, and from their first movements, seemed, as if they meant an Attack there; However halting for a little time, their Main body filed off to our left, and presently began a most severe &...
I have it in command from his Excellency, to transmit you the inclosed Copies of dispatches which just now came to Hand & which contain Intelligence of the most interesting and important nature, respecting our Affairs in the Northern Department. His Excellency would have wrote himself, but was going to our Several posts, when the Express arrived. The Enemy are pursuing with great Industry...
I am directed by his Excellency to acknowledge his receipt of your favor of the 28th Ulto which came to hand Yesterday Evening and to transmit you a Copy of the Letter I had the honor of writing you by the Boston Express by his command. Had the Express been charged with no Other Letter, the loss would not have been attended with any material injury to us, or advantage to the Enemy, provided it...
Yesterday Evening, I received the honor of your Letter of the 9th with its several Inclosures. I have written to Genl Putnam to detach the Fifteen Hundred Men mentioned by Congress, and inclosed my Letter upon the subject, which you will be pleased to forward to him by the earliest Opportunity. In respect to the Subject of Monsr Du Coudray’s Letter, I would beg leave to observe, however...
The Enemy are now advancing. Their present appearance indicates a disposition to pursue this Route. If they do, I trust, they will meet with a suitable reception and such as will establish our Liberties. They are now advanced near the Brandiwine & have fired Several peices of Artillery. I am Sir with great respect Yr Most Obedt Servt ALS , DNA:PCC , item 152; ADfS , DLC:GW ; copy, DNA:PCC ,...
When I had the Honor of addressing you this morning, I mentioned, that the Enemy were advancing and had began a Canonade; I would now beg leave to inform you, that they have kept up a brisk fire from their Artillery ever since. Their advanced party was attacked by our light Troops under Genl Maxwell, who crossed the Brandiwine for that purpose and had posted his Men on some high Grounds on...
We have read the Letter, with which you were pleased to favor us, this Afternoon. We join with you in lamenting, that the purpose of our meeting have been frustrated, and we assure you, that it is to us matter of equal concern and surprise to find, that there should be a difference in our respective constructions of the Resolve, to which you refer. Persuaded, as we were, that the terms of that...
It is His Excellency, the Commander in Chief’s wish that the packet the Express brings, may reach His Excellency Count Rochambeau as soon as possible. The way however thro Crompond it is feared is dangerous from the incursions of the Enemy: You will therefore send the packet immediately to Mr Campbell at the Village with this Letter, who is desired by the General to forward it without a...
The General wishes You to dine with him to day. He wants, besides having your company, to speak to You before Orderly time in the afternoon upon some business of consequence. The case of Capn Campbell’s which has just come to hand has been submitted to His Excellency & will be put in Orders as recommended. I am Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt St NHi .
Mr Hogland, Brother to the Young fellow who inlisted into your Corps within a few days past, has been here to inform the General that he is bound in a considerable sum of Money for the appearance of his Brother at some future Court in this state. This being the case, unless the Magistrate who possesses the Recognisance gives it up, Mr Hoglan will be liable to pay the whole penalty if His...
His Excellency received Yesterday your Letter of the 15th from Brunsswic, and I am to inform You, that, as the Troops will be pretty refreshed by the time this comes to hand and the General wants our force to be collected, he desires that You will proceed with them, by the route thro Westfield—Springfield Acquackinac—and join the Army as soon as You can, without injuring or fatiguing the Men...
The State of Maryland having given Mr Robert Mundell—Doctor Gustavus Brown—Mr Archibald Hado w and Mr John Hugh permission to go into New York for the purpose of obtaining a passage to Great Britain—and recommended them to His Excellency, the Commander in Chief, that they might obtain a flag for going into New York—I am to acquaint You that it is the General’s desire that You furnish those...
I have received your Favor of today & presented it to His Excellency, the Commander in Chief. The General hopes the Men who have deserted will be recovered. You may continue the parties at Pluckimin & Baskenridge Hospital’s till further orders. The Commissaries at those places must furnish them with provisions. I am Sir Yr Most Obed St DLC : Papers of George Washington.
On the 26th of last month, I had the Honor to receive Your Excellency’s Obliging Favor of the 9th, which I should have done myself the pleasure of acknowledging before, but was waiting for an opportunity to send it to Alexandria for the Post. The mutiny in the Pennsylvania line, tho I have heard that it has been accomodated, gives me great concern, both from the danger of the Precedent, and as...
I am of Opinion that by the Common Law, you cannot divert the natural course of the Run by cutting of a Race through your own Land; It being stated by Mr Washington that thereby J. Barry would be deprived of Water Necessary for his Cattle &c.—as on the Authorities—1 Bar Abridgement 45.54. Carth. 117. Com. 69. 5 Mod. &c. I also am of opinion that was a Jury by an order of Court founded on a...
After returning home last week, the difficulties of your situation presenting themselves very strongly to me, I cast about in my mind for a person who might relieve you in some degree from the load of business which oppresses you. The result was, I could not recollect one I thought would suit. I saw a friend of mine two or three days after, whom I asked if he was acquainted with such a...
I hope that my indisposition will be received as a sufficient excuse for my not having done your Lease sooner, and for the Several black lines and erasements in it, when done; had I been perfectly well, they should not have appeared; however I hope that it will appear sufficiently plain & legible for the Printers—I have made it as short as I could, to be substantial which I flatter myself it...
I must premise to you, That I profess an Intire ignorance of the Laws and proceedings of the Courts of Justice, of the Island of Jamaica; and therefore what I say respecting any proceedings had or to be had there, or of any matter to depend upon the Laws and decisions there, is merely matter of conjecture, not founded in certainty. If then the Laws and Court proceedings there, do not...
The Lease which you have & which I immagine you Intended to have sent, instead of an Inventory of Col. Fairfax’s Furniture &c., may be made to answer every purpose by an Erasement of the words, “his Executors, Administrators and Assigns[”] in three places. Viz. have demised, granted & to farm lett on and by these presents do Demise, grant & to farm let unto the said his Executors, Admtrs &...
Letter not found: from Lt. Col. Robert Hanson Harrison, 18 Jan. 1777. On 20 Jan. GW wrote Harrison that George Johnston “deliverd me your Letter of the 18th last night.”
To His Excellency George Washington Esquire General and Commander in chief of the Forces of the United States of America. We the Commissioners appointed by Your Excellency, “to confer, determine and agree upon a Treaty and Convention for the exchange of Prisoners of War, and for all matters whatsoever which may be properly contained therein,” beg leave to report— That, agreeable to Your...
I am extremely sorry to inform You, that it will not be in my power to return to Head Quarters by any means as soon as I expected & hoped when I came away. The business which brought me to Maryland, & which must be adjusted before my departure, will take infinitely more time than I at first apprehended, and will be prolonged the more by the event of my Mother in Law’s death, which has just...
Be pleased to accept my sincere congratulations My Dear Sir, upon the surrender of Lord Cornwallis—They are the Offerings of a Heart very warmly attached to Your Excellency, & most zealously so to the interest & happiness of the States. This Event, for the wisdom & vigor of the measures leading to it, it is the Voice of all here, is as honourable to You & the Allied Army as it is advancive of,...
On looking over the papers transmitted by Mr L. Washington in his letter of the 15th of March —he seems not to have stated his collections so clearly and methodically as might have been wished. He has omitted to set down the particular dates when the payments he received were made, which should have been specified. Nor will the credits of interest for the several terms mentioned in the List,...
Your favor of the 24 I received, and having Examined the Record furnished by Mr Wagener, I find it is so full, and contains so clear a state of ⟨ mutilated ⟩ proceedings, which have been had in the Cause, from the Original Writ, down to the Execution & Sheriffs Return thereupon, that I cannot say any thing that will give you or Mr Pendleton a clearer Idea or conception of the matter: he will...
Colo. Davies and myself beg leave to inform Your Excellency, that with respect to the business of the Commission with which we are honoured, we have been busily engaged in it, ever since Tuesday morning—and thus far but to little purpose. The Gentlemen appointed on the other side, though they profess the greatest liberality of sentiment and generosity on the part of sir Henry Clinton, have not...
To His Excellency George Washington Esquire, General and Commander in Chief of the Forces of the United States of America. We, the Commissioners appointed by Your Excellency, “to confer, determine and agree upon a Treaty and Convention, for the exchange of Prisoners of War, and for all matters whatsoever, which may be properly contained therein” beg leave to report— That in pursuance of Your...
I do not think you would be safe in purchasing the Land in dispute between Messrs West and Posey. that is that you would be liable to the penalities of the Statute 32 H 8 ch9 which I have Transcribed & herewith send you for your perusal—It does not appear by this Statute that Bonds &c. respecting Sales of pretenced titles are void; It only Subjects the purchasor to a forfeiture of the Value of...
Report of Lieutenant Colonels, Robert Hanson Harrison & Alexander Hamilton Commissioners &ca. To His Excellency General Washington— We, the Commissioners appointed by your Excellency for the purposes specified in the powers to us given on the 30th of November last—Beg leave to Report— That in pursuance of your instructions, we repaired to Amboy on Monday the 7th instant at 11 oClock; where we...
As soon as I came to the City, I applied to Doctr Baker for such pinchers as Your Excellency wanted, & finding he had but one pair, which he could not part with, I engaged him to procure a set. He has assured me he has made diligent inquiry upon the occasion & has not been able to succeed. The matter, he says, will still be retained in his mind and if he can find a pair, he will forward them...
Expences paid for his Excellency General Washing⟨ton’s⟩ Journey to, at & from Philadelphia by Rob. H. Harrison Dr 1776 Pensylv. Cy York Cuy May 21 To ferriage from New York 1. 4. 0 No. 1 To Pawles Hook Tavern ⅌ Bill 18.10 Browns ferry 5.   Post at Elizth Town, for returning to Open Mail 3.   Tavern at New Ark 12 Dollrs 4.16. 0 Tavern at Woodbridge Breakfastg &c.