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General Washington presents his compliments to Mr Howell and requests the favor of his company at dinner tomorrow 4 oclock. Monday. Privately owned.
By the arrival of the Baron Steuben I have received the Letter from General Haldemand alluded to in my last communication to your Excellency; a Copy of which I take the first occasion of laying before Congress. With perfect respect I have the honor to be Your Excellency’s Most Hble Servt. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
To the several points mentioned in your Letters of 28th & 29th ulto, I answer, that I am at present totally ignorant of the strength of the Garrison which will be destined for West Point, the ensuing Winter, not having as yet had any conference with the Committee of Congress on that subject; I should think however, that a supply of forage and fuel for a Corps of 500 Men, will be sufficient,...
I have thrown together the following sentiments on the papers you put into my hand yesterday. Brevets which have been given with conditions annexed, ought, undoubtedly, to have the conditions fulfilled; because it is a contract between the Parties. Simple Brevets, must be determined by the usage & Custom of other Armies, if there is no established rule for considering of them in our own; I...
In Bradfords Paper of the 30th Ulto I perceive an anonymous advertisement of a person who wants employment as a miller, referring to you for his character. If this is such, as in all points of view I could approve, it is very likely I might employ him at my Mills in Virginia (ten miles from Alexa.). My present miller who has lived with me thirteen or fourteen years; & who perhaps understands...
I have carefully perused the Papers which you put into my hands relating to Indian Affairs. My Sentiments with respect to the proper line of Conduct to be observed towards these people coincides precisely with those delivered by Genl Schuyler so far as he has gone in his Letter of the 29th July to Congress (which, with the other Papers is herewith returned)—& for the reasons he has there...
Through Dr Witherspoon I have received your Memorial with the enclosed Certificates; but so much time has elapsed Since the period you allude to, in which you say you promised to perform particular services for me, that I have not the least remembrance of any circumstance of the kind; but this however, I recollect, that the morning on which General Howe moved with the British Army from the...
Upon a careful examination of the Report delivered to Congress the 17th of June, by the Committee on the Peace Arrangement the following remarks have occurred. Nothwithstanding there may not be any very essential difference between the proposed Plan for a standing Force now under consideration, & the Sketches which were given in my Memorial of the 1st of May; yet it is my wish to make known...
I enclose to your care a Letter to Mr Cowvenhoven in answer to his Memorial & request, and his Letter to you & the President of Congress. In the course of Mr Cowvenhoven’s Memorial he takes occasion to mention his assistance to one Mr Wyckhoff, who, he says, was employed by Governor Clinton & me to bring Money from Long Island; all the agency I had in this matter, was giving an Order, at the...
As there is but one Regiment at Philadelphia to March to West Point, and the Troops when they get there take their Orders from the Commanding Officer of the Garrison (agreeably to the Original disposition of them) till Congress shall have determined upon a Peace Establishment; there can be no necessity for your Marching with your present command, in its reduced state to that place. I mention...