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Bergen County [ New Jersey ] October 9, 1780 . States that the idea of a tour of Europe with Franklin after the war would be tempting if domestic affairs were not so urgent. Asserts that the American military and political situation is such that the country can only be saved by either peace or money from America’s allies. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
ALS : New Jersey Historical Society; draft: Library of Congress I was very much obliged by the letter which you did me the honor to write me by our amiable young friend the Marquis De La Fayette, whose exertions to serve this Country in his own are additional proofs of his zealous attachment to our cause, and has endeared him to us still more. He came out flushed with expectations of a...
3General Orders, 9 October 1780 (Washington Papers)
For the day Tomorrow Brigadier General Glover Colonel Wyllys Lieutenant Colonel Mellen Major Wallbridge Brigade Major Pettingell Colonel Moylan with his regiment of Cavalry will take post near the little falls and Major Parr with his Corps at the Notch; and both will patrole on the roads towards Newark and Aququakenung. The Marquis de la Fayette will post Major Lee’s corps on his left and take...
I was very much obliged by the letter which you did me the honor to write me by our amiable young friend the Marquis De La Fayette, whose exertions to serve this Country in his own are additional proofs of his zealous attachment to our cause, and has endeared him to us still more. He came out flushed with expectations of a decisive campaign and fired with hopes of acquiring fresh laurels, but...
Preakness [ New Jersey ] October 10, 1780 . Regrets “that this campaign has not been productive of such important advantages as we had reason to flatter ourselves.” Is “not sanguine about any enterprise, which is connected with maritime dispositions.” Approves detention of Colonel Christopher Greene’s regiment. Sends news of execution of Major John André. Df , in writing of H, George...
6General Orders, 10 October 1780 (Washington Papers)
For the day Tomorrow Brigadier General Patterson Colonel Bailey Lieutenant Colonel Basset Major Maxwell Brigade Major Woodbridge The General Court martial whereof Colonel Jackson is President to sit tomorrow morning Ten ô clock at a house near Totowa bridge. The Commander in Chief desires that the Colonels and Officers commanding regiments in the several state lines will by saturday next...
I have recd your several favors from Hillsborough, Annapolis and Philada. I sincerely lament the loss of the Baron de Kalb. The manner in which he died fully justified the opinion which I ever entertained of him, and will endear his memory to this Country. The State of Virginia, sensible of the dangerous influence which Governor Hamilton holds over the Indians, have absolutely refused to...
I recd yours of the 8th from Verplanks point. Inclosed is an extract from the General Orders of this day. You will be pleased to have it communicated as expeditiously as possible to the Corps at King’s Ferry and to Colo. Sheldons Regiment that the Returns called for may, if poss ible, be all here by Saturday next. I am with great Regard Dear Sir Your most obt Servt MiU-C : Nathanael Greene Papers.
On sunday evening I had the honor to receive Your Excellency’s Letters of the 23d & 26th of last Month. I am happy to find by the former and the Letter You were so obliging as to forward from Colo. Wood that the Convention Troops are now comfortably supplied. I hope this will be the case and that the mode you have in contemplation to adopt will answer your expectations. Colo. Wood’s conduct is...
I have duly received your Excellency’s favours of the 25th and 30th of Septembr and am much obliged to you for the different informations you do me the honor to communicate. We have to regret that this Campaign has not been productive of such important advantages as we had reason to flatter ourselves, but we must hope for better successes the next. The operation of the Spaniards in the...
On Sunday Evening I had the honor to receive Your Excellency’s Letters of the 23d and 26th of last Month. I am happy to find by the former and the Letter You were so obliging as to forward from Colo. Wood that the Convention troops are now comfortably supplied. I hope this will be the case and that the mode You have in contemplation to adopt will answer your expectations. Colo. Wood ’s conduct...
Contents of Letter to Congress Approves the reduction to 50 regiments. Proposes as the basis of the reduction a half pay establishment for life, or making the half pay for seven years whole pay, to be paid one half in a year after the conclusion of peace, the other half in two years after that. Regiments to consist of one Colonel where the old colonels are continued or one Lt Col Commandant...
Passaic Falls [ New Jersey ] October 11, 1780 . Approves of resolution for the Army establishment with certain reservations. Recommends either half-pay for life or full pay for seven years for all officers. Approves the number of regiments planned, but recommends an increase in the number of men and officers in each regiment. Makes suggestions concerning the cavalry and artillery. Believes...
14General Orders, 11 October 1780 (Washington Papers)
For the day Tomorrow Brigadier General Wayne Colonel Greaton Lieutenant Colonel Littlefield Major Winslow Brigade Major Oliver Twenty two waggoners to be draughted from the line to be sent to the grand parade tomorrow at guard mounting. As the soldiers have begun to build chimneys to their tents the General desires that the commanding officers of regiments and companies will be particularly...
Three days since, I received your Excellency’s Letter of the 4th with the inclosed resolution, which, as the Army was in motion to this Post, I had it not in my power to answer before. I am much obliged to Congress for the honor they do me by the fresh mark of their attention and confidence conferred upon me in the reference they have been pleased to make. My wish to concur in sentiment with...
I am honored with your letter of the 27th of September, and cannot forbear taking the earliest moment to express the high sense I entertain of the patriotic exertions of the Ladies of Maryland in favor of the Army. In answer to your enquiry respecting the disposal of the Gratuity, I must take the liberty to observe; that it appears to me, the Money which has been, or may be collected, cannot...
I am happy to inform you, that the business to which I am indebted for your favor of the 28th Ulto, was effected previous to the receipt of your letter. Mr Elliot had applied thro’ Mr Izard, for Captn Mure’s parole, which was immediately granted, and orders given to the Commissary of Prisoners to signify the same to him. I make no doubt therefore, but that he is, by this time, either in New...
I have received your favors of the 25th Augt and 21st of September. I am pleased to find by the last, that your supplies had been more regular for some time, and that you had prospects of keeping them up—I never entertained the least doubt of your care and attention to the business committed to your charge, or supposed that the distresses of the troops of Conventions on the score of provision...
Preakness [ New Jersey ] October 12, 1780 . Agrees that Rochambeau should ask to have his “present park” doubled. Will send particulars about British embarkation as soon as they are ascertained. Df , in writings of Richard Varick and H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
20General Orders, 12 October 1780 (Washington Papers)
For the Day Tomorrow Brigadier General Huntingdon Colonel Nixon Lieutenant Colonel Vose Major Chapman Brigade Major Ashley Two Subs two serjeants and forty rank and file for fatigue tomorrow, furnished with two days provision to repair the roads and bridges. A Collier from each brigade to be employed under the direction of Colonel Baldwin while the Army remains in its present position. DLC :...
I beg leave to inclose you the Commissions of Lts Emerson & Barton of the 11th Massachusetts Regiment which it seems are wrong. Mr Emerson is intitled to rank it is reported, from the 7th of November 1777 and Mr Barton also as a Lieutenant from the same date. It seems unfortunately that there are many Errors in the Captains & Inferior officers Commissions in this line, occasioned by the...
This will be delivered you by Mr Ludwick Baker Genl—who is instructed by Coll Stewart Commissary Genl of Issues to repair to West Point & erect as many ovens at that Post as are equal to a dayly supply of Six or eight thousand pounds of Bread, exclusive of one to be appropriated solely to the purpose of baking Biscuit—he is also ordered to erect one oven at Stoney Point for the supply of the...
I have recd your favor of the 10th respecting the payment for the Rum seized by your order. since I saw you, I am informed there is a Resolve of Congress, which I have not seen, pointing out a mode of payment with interest and I think making allowance for depreciation, if any. The first time I see the Commy General, I will make the necessary inquiry and inform you more fully. I am Dear Sir Yr...
As there is no immediate occasion for the further services of your Reg. of Militia with the Army, it may commence its return to the State of Delaware as soon as all the Arms, Accoutrements, and Camp Equipage drawn from the Public are returned to the Commissary of Military Stores, and Quarter Master at Camp. You will then apply to the Quarter Master General for Tools necessary to repair the...
Your Excellency’s letter of the 5th did not arrive ’till late last evening—I agree in opinion with you on the utility of asking to have your present park doubled; but I think this will suffice. Though we are not well provided with siege artillery, we shall be able to supply the deficiency. We are again told of an embarkation at New York on the point of sailing; the number is not ascertained;...
Preakness [ New Jersey ] October 13, 1780 . Informs Congress that Baron von Steuben is going to Philadelphia “to obtain some determination on his department.” Reiterates recommendation that Congress assist von Steuben. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Preakness [ New Jersey ] October 13, 1780 . Acknowledges receipt of Rendon’s letters. Wishes Rendon success in proposed expedition. Will forward details of the British expedition as soon as they are received. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Rendon replaced Juan de Miralles as Spanish agent in America.
28General Orders, 13 October 1780 (Washington Papers)
For the Day Tomorrow Brigadier General Irvine Colonel Chambers Lieutenant Colonel Sumner Major Harwood Brigade Major Darby At a General Court Martial held at Fort Pitt the 14th of August last, Colonel Gibson President, Captain Thomas Beall of the Maryland independent corps was tried "for discharging a Soldier after having been duly inlisted and receiving his regimental cloathing through...
Your favors of the 18th and 21st of August reached my hands a few days before I sat out for Harford to meet the French Admiral and General. This has occasioned their remaining unanswered to this time. I have approved the sentences of the Court Martial against Capt. Beal, Peter Davis of the 9th Virginia and David Gamble of the 8th Penna Regiment—Gamble appearing to me the most proper object for...
Major General Baron De Steuben has signified to me his wish to go to Philadelphia to obtain some determination on his department, which for want of a proper establishment is in confusion—I cannot suffer him to depart, without adding new testimonies of his exertions and usefulness in the course of the last campaign; and begging that his business may receive the earliest attention. If Congress...
Your friendly & Affectione letter of the 4th came to my hands on the 10th & would have been acknowledged yesterday by the Baron de Steuben but for some important business I was preparing for Congress. In no instance since the commencement of the War has the interposition of Providence appeared more conspicuous than in the rescue of the Post & Garrison of West point from Arnolds villainous...
I am very glad yr letter of this date, has given strength to my own conviction of the innocence of the Gentn, who was the subject of your enquiry. I want to see you on a particular piece of business—if the day is fair, and nothing of consequence intervenes, I will be at the Marquiss ’ s Quarters by ten o’clock tomorrow. If this should not happen I shall be glad to see you at Hd Qrs. I am Dr...
Don Francisco having been so good as to inform me of an opportunity to the HavannahI cannot forego the honour of making my acknowlegements to you for your obliging Letter of the 6th of July last. All the attentions I had in my power to pay to your deceased Husband were dictated, by the friendship with which his many amiable qualities had inspired me. Your affliction Madam and that of his...
I had the honour of receiving in due time your letter of the 29th of July, transmitting me one from the Governor of Havannah and another from the lady of our deceased friend; but the movements of the army which soon after ensued prevented my acknowledging the receipt. I have now the pleasure of your dispatch of the 30th of September with duplicates of the above mentioned letters. I beg you,...
Preakness [ New Jersey ] October 14, 1780 . Approves of Rochambeau’s plans for winter quarters. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
36General Orders, 14 October 1780 (Washington Papers)
For the Day Tomorrow Brigadier General Glover Colonel M. Jackson Lieutenant Colonel Newall Major Knapp Brigade Major Pettingal A General Court Martial to assemble next Monday morning nine ôclock at the President’s Marquee for the trial of all persons brought before the court—Colonel Bailey will preside: Lieutenant Colonel Vose, Major Winslow, a Captain from each brigade of Infantry, and two...
It has been suggested in several applications I have received of late, that by some means or other many Errors took place in the arrangement of your line by the Board of General Officers who sat at West point in July & August 1779— in the line of Captains & in the instance of the Inferior officers , principally in numbering some of the Captains wrong in the order of their precedence in the...
Some circumstances have taken place, by which General Greene will have a different command from the one he now holds, and General Heath will command at West-Point. If he should not have arrived already, from the Eastward, I expect he will certainly be there in the course of a few days, and request in the mean time that you will take charge of the Post. The inclosed Letter you will be pleased...
I had the honor of writing you the 12th instant approving the demand you intended to make to your count for an augmentation of your siege artillery to double the present quantity—I have since received your letter of the 8th. The season is so far advanced that I think you cannot too soon make the dispositions you propose for winter quarters, which are as agreable to me as they are judicious—I...
By a letter received yesterday afternoon from His Excellency, the President of Congress, of the 6th Instt, inclosing the copy of a resolution of the preceeding day, I find it has been their pleasure, to direct me to order a Court of enquiry to be held on the conduct of Major General Gates, as Commander of the Southern army; and also to direct me to appoint a Officer to command it in his room,...
In my Letter of the 26th Ulto, by which I requested You to rejoin the army, I desired that You would come Yourself to Head Quarters. I am now to request that You will proceed to West point and take upon you the command of that Post and its Dependencies. Major General Greene, who is at present there, will either communicate to You himself or leave with General McDougal to be transferred, the...
Since my Letter of Instructions to You of the 7th Inst., I have received an Answer from His Excellency Governor Jefferson of Virginia, by which I find the Exchange of Lt Governor Hamilton or Major Hay can not take place upon the present occasion. You will particularly attend to this circumstance. A Captn Lyman, who was taken in the Mercury packet is a prisoner at Lancaster. I desire that he...
Preakness [ New Jersey ] October 15, 1780 . Sends letters concerning proposal for a “Resident Commissary of Prisoners.” Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
I understand Mr Skinner is gone to Philadelphia. You will keep the inclosed Letter for him till he returns, when You will take the earliest opportunity of delivering it to him. I desire to see him as soon as he arrives & have written to him for the purpose. You will inform the Officer who came with a flag to Elizabeth Town Yesterday—that he is not to wait for an Answer to the Letters he...
I have been honored with your Excellency’s Favors of the 6th and 9th instants, with the Acts and papers too which they refer. The first did not reach me ‘till the 13th in the Evening. I shall, in obedience to the order of Congress, take the proper steps for a Court of Enquiry to be held on the Conduct of Major Genl Gates as Commander of the Southern Army; and also shall, agreeable to their...
[ Preakness, New Jersey ] October 16, 1780 . Complains about severity with which Charles, Earl Cornwallis, and Francis Rawdon-Hastings punish inhabitants who assist British deserters. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Francis Rawdon-Hastings, Marquis of Hastings.
[ Totowa, New Jersey ] October 16, 1780 . Regrets that Lamb’s presence at court cannot be dispensed with. LS , in writing of H, New-York Historical Society, New York City.
48General Orders, 16 October 1780 (Washington Papers)
For the Day Tomorrow Brigadier General Wayne Colonel Marshal Lieutenant Colonel Badlam Major T. Moore Brigade Major Van Laer At a General court martial at Springfield (Massachusetts) April 1780. Lieutenant Colonel Commandant Reid president Mr Isaac Tichenea Assistant Commissary for the Northern department was tried on the following charges. "1st For not complying with the orders received from...
I have this moment received Your Excellency’s favor of the 14th, with its inclosures. I do not think it at all improbable that the movements of the Enemy, at this advanced season of the year, may have been upon a plan concerted to take advantage of the success of Arnolds Treachery—Genl Greene, upon the first intelligence, ordered Gansevoorts Regiment up to Albany I have directed him to send...
I have received your two letters of the 9th and 13th. On the same principle upon which that of the 9th is founded, it has been my endeavour to conduct the correspondence between us on the terms which politeness and the nature of the intercourse demanded. In the affair to which you allude, I persuade myself all the attentions were observed, which the peculiarity of the circumstances would...