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I find by the returns that there are but a few of Sheldons Dragoons who are not engaged to serve during the War; and as all the Horses are sold, I am fully in opinion that the little service which the remainder of the Corps would render in the circumstances they now are, will not compensate the expences which must arise from keeping them together. I therefore think that if at the time your...
The commanding officers are applying for arms for the Musick—The donation of Arms to the Troops was in consequence of your Excellency’s recommendation should you be of opinion, all circumstances considered, they have a right to arms, I think no difficulty will arrise in Congress from the measure. I have requested General Knox to commence as soon as possible the build ing a Magazine on...
Colonel Trumbull, your Excellencys secretary put into my hands, this morning a letter in which he represents that the gentleman who, before him, filled the office he now holds, was, soon after his appointment thereto, honored with a Lieutenant Colonels Commission and that this took place soon after the resolve of Congress which gave all your Excellencys Aid de Camp the rank of Lieutenant...
I have been honored with your letter of the 9th. ultimo in which you request that I would communicate to you my thoughts on a military Peace establishment for the United-States. As the detail of the System, which I am about to recommend, will more properly rest with the executive Officers of the Engineer and Inspector General’s departments—I will confine my information to the following general...
I do myself the honor to transmit to Your Excellency the copy of a letter from Sir Guy Carleton to Brigadier General Clarke, written to him in consequence of a request which I made that Sir Guy would be equally explicit in declaring that our officers, who had been prisoners of war, were absolved from their paroles—as I had done in a similar declaration respecting their officers who were...
I do myself the honor to request that you will be pleased to order an inscription, expressive of the vote of Congress, to be engraved on two of the six pound cannon taken at York Town, and which were to be presented to the Count de Grasse. When the engraving is finished the Q.M. Genl will take order for transporting the cannon to this City. I am, with the most perfect respect and esteem Your...
I have been honored with the receipt of your letter enclosing certificates from the several Lines of their acceptance of the commutation of half pay proposed by Congress in their act of the 22nd of march last. I am, with perfect respect and Esteem Your Excellency’s obedient, humble servant DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I have the honor, in obedience to the order of Congress to inclose the copy of a letter from the president of this state to their Delegates in Congress, and the copy of a Letter from General Irvine to the secretary at War with the doings of Congress on these Letters. I have the Honor to be Dear General with great esteem Your obedt servant DLC : Papers of George Washington. I have this day...
The inclosed are forwarded by order of Congress. I have not yet heard from Sr Guy Carleton. I have the honor to be your Excellencys most Ob. servt DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I do myself the honor to transmit to Your Excellency some late resolves of Congress. I have the honor to be, with perfect respect, Your Excellency’s Most obedient servant DLC : Papers of George Washington.
Memorandum of Agreement for Liberation of British prisoners of War—agreed upon between the Minister at War & the Commander in Chief 19th Aprl 1783 Orders to be given as soon as possible for their Liberation—& to commence thier March. Sir Guy Carleton to be informed that it is at his Option whether they march all the Way thro the Country—or be conveyed partly by Water—Those of Frederick Town &...
By the enclosed Resolves of Congress, your Excellency will learn, that we are in conjunction to make proper Arrangements for setting at liberty all land Prisoners. It seems to be the wish of Congress that this business should be effected as soon as possible, therefor to avoid the delays which may arise by adjusting the matter between us by Letter, I have to propose that your Excellency would...
I do myself the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Excellency’s letter of the 12th instant—and to enclose to you a late resolve of Congress. I am, with the most perfect respect and esteem, You Excellency’s obedient servant. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
The Delaware Troops will compose one Battalion—Captain Kirkland informs me that he has reported to your Excellency such Officers as are agreed on to command it for your Approbation. It is also his Wish that the Troops may be drawn together—I advised him to report the Situation of them to your Excellency and take your directions—I have only to observe that the duty of those Troops can be...
I have not heard any thing of the request of Major Villefranche to be promoted—If it should come before me it will be difficult for me to recommend the measure to Congress as I find many Majors in the line who are much older than he is—If there are any reasons in your Excellencys mind which will justify his being promoted over the heads of others I should be very happy, if, in a private way,...
Since closing my letter of the first I have been honored with the Receipt of your public letter of the 24 and your private one of the 26 Ultimo. The Clothier General informs me that the Shirts your Excellency may depend on—I am sorry that I cannot give you the same Assurance respecting the Woollen Overalls—Mr Moylan informs me that he has applied to Mr Morris for the Money to supply the Cloth...
I have the honor to inclose the arrangement of the Virginia line—I suppose it to be right—Your Excellencys approbation of it is however necessary before it can be recorded in this Office—if you approve it the arrangement may remain with you as I have a Copy of it. I wish your Excellency’s opinion on the subject soon—as the Officers are applying for their subsistance. The materials for turning...
Queries—&c. &c. Submitted to the consideration and determination of the Secretary at War Answers by the Secy at War 1st Is the reduction of the Lines of New Hampshire—Rhode Island, and New Jersey to take place on the 1st March? Yes 2— In that case shall the Troops of New Hampshire be organized into one Regiment of 500 Rank & file, and the residue formed into one compleat Battallion of four...
There are a number of deserters confined in the Goal in Boston, whose sufferings (notwithstanding their follies) demand attention. Colo. Popkins has applied to me for directions how they should be sent to their respective regiments. I have order’d him to detain a sufficient guard from the men now on furlough. As soon as they can be collected they will march. This order may interfere with the...
“The sufferings of your troops have impressed me with the deepest concern, and the very painful sensations, which your relation of them excites, are powerfully enhanced, that these distresses should have been the lot of an army, not only entitled, by special contract, to better fare, but whose meritorious and gallant exertions under the most extreme difficulties, merited a very different fate;...
As the Enemy will probably soon leave the Southern States, if they have not done it already, we shall not have the same necessity for Cavalry and Artillery as heretofore; I beg leave therefore to suggest to your Excellency the propriety of confining the recruiting service in Virginia to the Infantry: unless this be done, I think there will be a stop put to filling up the Battalions of...
I have been honored with your Excellencys Letter of the covering an extract of a letter from Sir Guy Carleton of the 11th Instant and the copy of Lt Reinkings memorial to him on the subject of the Brunswic Prisoners of War at Reading. the Prisoners at Reading were sufferd to remain in Hutts untill by their improper conduct they had forfieted all right to any particular indulgence the Officer...
To remedy the various difficulties which attended the issues to the Officers last year—as well as to render the accounts of issues more simple, and of greater facility in settlement—Mr Morris and myself were induced to recommend to Congress their passing the enclosed resolve. At the commencement of every month the Paymaster will pay to each Officer, in small notes, the value of his monthly...
I am this morning honored with your Excellency’s letter of the 27th ultimo. I have no idea that the explanatory resolve of Congress has relation to any corps but such as are subject to the reform directed in the resolve of the 7th of August—and I am confident such a measure would meet a certain negative were it proposed for whenever a request for leave to return with the emoluments granted by...
I have been honored with your letters of the 19th and 22nd instant. I think with your Excellency that the matter of promotion from Lieutenant Colonel Commandant to the grade of Colonel should be deferred until the arrangement takes place. I believe no further application will be made to you respecting flags for the Citizens of South Carolina. I gave Governor Rutledge an extract from your...
I have been honored with Your letter of the 11th instant. Many of the articles mentioned in my letter of the 31st ultimo will leave this City in a few days. I have, in an official report to Congress, recommended Colonel Dayton for promotion—and, having met the committee to whom my letter was referred, I pressed the measure as dictated by Justice and Policy—but notwithstanding my representation...
RC (Historical Society of Pennsylvania). In the hand of a clerk, except for the complimentary close, signature, and address. Addressed to “Hon Mr. Madison.” Before I report on the proposed promotion of Captain Pierce, I beg leave to submit the following remarks to your consideration. The new arrangement will take place on the first day of January next. Major Holmes may then have an...
I have the honor to transmit your Excellency two late resolutions of Congress. They have this morning passed resolves respecting the settlement of the pay of the army—and authorising the filling up of vacancies to the first of January next—these I cannot send by this post, as they are yet open to debate and will be read again tomorrow morning. I shall be happy to be informed what encouragement...
I have been honored with Your Excellency’s favor of the 6th instant. I see the difficulty to which you must be reduced respecting the post at Wyoming—if any thing more is done I am convinced it must be by Congress. I have already transmitted your Excellency the decision of Congress in Asgill’s affair—Enclosed is a subsequent resolve on the subject of retaliation. On my return from Camp I...
I am requested, my dear General, by Mr Izard to represent to your Excellency that the Citizens of South–Carolina, who had made arrangements for returning to their State in flags to be furnished by the British Commander in Chief, are extremely anxious to learn whether those flags will be granted, and when—for this purpose they wish that your Excellency would please to renew the application to...