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Letter not found : from Col. William Heth, 26 July 1779. GW wrote Brig. Gen. William Woodford on 31 Aug.: “I have recd a letter of the 26 July from Colo. Heth in which he says ‘I beg for permission either to return to my Regt or go on and join Genl Lincoln. I have wrote a confidential letter to Genl Woodford who will give my Reasons for such an extraordinary application’” ( DLC:GW ).
My extreme impatience to get home after so long an absence, prevents my doing myself the honor of calling on you. Inclos’d you have a Philadelphia paper, containing a piece, which may probably have some influence on our approaching convention—I mean to have it reprinted at Richmond, immediately after my arrival. I have completed the important business respecting the North Western territory...
I leave this, to be presented to you at a proper season. Unaccustomed to solicit employment, and wishing, always to be governed by the strictest propriety and delicacy, so, I shall now, avoid becoming a Supplicant for Office, under the common acceptation of the word, Yet, that duty, which I owe to myself and a growing family, impells me to signify to you, Sir, my willingness, & my wish, to...
I had the honor of presenting yesterday forenoon, your letter to Mrs Washington, together with the package committed to my care; and was happy to find her, & the family well. It is with pleasure I inform you, that I have made such particular & pointed arrangements with the Proprietors of the Stages, as leaves me no reason to doubt, of Mrs Washingtons being extremely well accommodated on her...
I am Just honord with your favor of the 14th inst. The little attention and trouble which I was at, in endeavouring to insure Mrs Washington an agreeable & Safe Journey to New York—being no more than common duty—is greatly overpaid—in my estimation—by the polite manner, in which you have been pleased to notice it; and this too, at a time, when every hour almost, must be interrupted with...
I have snatched up a pen to drop you a few hasty lines—not that I have any thing of real importance Just now to communicate—but to shew, that I am attentive to my promise. The Executive of this State— to whom is committed the management of the Sinking-fund—on considering your report to Congress, reduced the price which the sd fund was then giving for the Military Certificates of this State,...
[ Bermuda Hundred, Virginia, May 12, 1790. ] Recommends John W. Johnston, a former clerk in Heth’s office, as “a young man of great silence, of rigid truth, and on whom I placed great trust and confidence.” Copy, Papers of George Washington, Library of Congress.
Bermuda Hundred [ Virginia ] November 10, 1790 . Acknowledges receipt of Hamilton’s “private letter of the 15th of September last.” States that Mr. Brown was innocent of “intentional falsehood” in swearing that Dennis Butler, an Irishman and master of the ship Bowman , was a citizen of United States. Also states that “Mr. Heathcote … is as conscious of being innocent of an intentional false...
I observe in Fenno’s paper of the 12th. Inst. that a motion was made by Mr Ames “to take into consideration whether any, & what provision shall be made to the Commissioners of Loans in the respective States to defray their extra expences.” It was your opinion when I had the pleasure of seeing you last, that, the Collectors ought at least , to have a Salary eql. to the expences of their...
This will be accompanied with a public letter, enclosing a statement of outward tonnage. Having readily complyed with your wishes in this instance; and as I ever shall be, to furnish you with any information in my power, or which the books or files in this office can afford, you will not I trust be displeased at my asking yr private opinion of the legality of such requests. Is it not requiring...