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If my Letter from Albany by the Count del Vermé has reached you, it would inform you that I had just made the tour of the Northern & Western parts of this State, & had got that far on my return home. Accordingly, the day following I arrived at this place & found your Aunt but just recovering from a Fever & severe Cholic which had reduced her much. Since then she has had a relapse, and is at...
32General Orders, 17 August 1783 (Washington Papers)
The Commander in Chief having been requested by Congress to give his attendence at Prince Town, proposes to set out for that place Tomorrow—but expects to have the pleasure of seeing the Army again before he retires to private life—During his absence Major General Knox will retain the Command of the Troops, and all Reports are to be made to him Accordingly. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
Captain Vincent is come here, with some of the St Francois Tribe of Indians, to receive the pay he says is due to a Company he has had in service under your Direction, and in pay, agreeable to a Resolve of Congress. Whatever pay they are entitled to by the Resolve, will undoubtedly be given them; but before the Pay Master General can settle their Accounts, they must produce some Voucher to...
Under the urgent necessity of making immediate preparations for occupying the Western Posts as soon as they shall be evacuated by the Enemy, which was stated very fully in the Letter I had the honor to address to your Excellency a few day ago by Col. Humphrys; I consider myself obliged to request in the most pressing manner that you will advance five hundred Pounds or a larger sum if...
To make preparation for garrisoning the Posts which will be ceded to us by the British on the Western Waters, is now the greatest object that can claim our attention—On this subject I wrote to you yesterday, and desired you to make the necessary Arrangements in the Ordnance Department—I have now to repeat the request, that, as soon as the Boats proper for service on the Lakes can be repaired,...
You are hereby directed to repair immediately to the Northward, in order to make Arrangements for transporting the Garrisons and Stores to the Western Posts. You will on your way, wait upon His Excellency Governor Clinton and receive such Sum of Money as he shall direct to be paid in consequence of the Letter I shall write to him by you; which is to be appropriate in the best and most...
I have been greatly disappointed in not seeing you before my departure from this place—in consequence of your absence I have been obliged to send one of your Assists to the Northward to make provision for garrisoning the Western Posts—as that business could be delayed no longer—I need not say how much more satisfactory it would have been that the execution of this important business should...
Captain Vincent with three of the St Francois Tribe of Indians have been here some days and now tell me they are going to Albany. Captain Vincent says he has had a Company in service during the War and Claims the ballance of Pay due them; but as he has brought no Voucher to Shew how many Men he has had or how long they have been employed, no settlement can be made with them and of this I have...
This will be delivered to you by Mr Mix Asst Q. M. Genl who in the absence of the Quartr M. Genl is charged with making provision for the transportation of the Garrisons and Stores to the Posts on the Western Waters, he has instructions to consult with you respecting a Contract for so many Batteaux as he can ensure the means of payment; he will also make arrangements for the transportation...
Your Ideas of the Ordnance that would be proper for the Garrisons of Niagara and Oswego accord very fully with my own—but, ere the arrival of the definitive Treaty, the season will be so far advanced, and we shall then have so many difficulties to encounter before we can establish ourselves at those Posts; that I think we must be contented for the winter with two Howitzers at each; and such a...
I have lately been favord with a Letter from you dated 28th of Feby in the present year; and as it is impossible for me, by any personal enquiries or application, to assist you in the recovery of your Brother ’s Debts, I have transmitted your Letter and Acct to an acquaintance of mine in Norfolk in Virginia, Thos Newton Esqr.—a Gen’man of character; & one who must have been intimately...
Enclosed, I give you the trouble of a Letter from a Miss Janet Dalgleish to me. As it is totally out of my power to render her any Service in the collectn of her debts but wish to put her in the way to obtain Justice, or at least to obtain a knowledge of the Situation of her Brothers Affaires I take the liberty of requesting that you would drop her a line of information on this Subject. I have...
By the last post, I was honored with your Excellency’s favor of the 1st instt, enclosing the resolve of Congress, directing my attendance at Princeton—notwithstandg my Horses had arrived but a Day or two before, & were much fatigued, I should have set out immediately: had it not been for the indisposition of Mrs Washington, who, during my Absence, had been seized with a fever had a return of...
Upon my return from a Tour to the Northern & Western parts of this State I found your Letter of the 23d Ulto but not in time to give you an acknowledgement by the last Post, and to thank you for your attention to my Commission—I now do it—& by this opportunity have requested the Superintendent of Finance to repay you the Sums which you have advanced for my use; with a Commission thereon. but...
Your Letter of the 23d July was handed to me on my Return from the Northward. The advanced Season of the Year makes it absolutely necessary that the Troops and every thing destined for the Posts on our Western Frontiers, should be put in a situation to move, the moment we can learn when the British will evacuate them. I must therefore desire you to order back four or five hundred Men of your...
I have received your letter of the 30th Ulto with a Catalogue of my Books—When you go next to Abingdon, see if there is any there with my name or Arms in them, & forwd the list. I am truly unfortunate that after all the expence I have been at about my House, I am to encounter the third Edition, with the trouble & inconvenience of another cover to it, after my return. That there can have been...
I have received a call from Congress to repair to Princeton; whether for any special purpose, or generally to remain there till the definitive Treaty shall arrive, the Resolve is not expressive. I mean therefore, if the intention of that body is not more fully explained in a few days, to go prepared for the latter so soon as I can adjust matters here, and Mrs Washington’s health (for at...
Since my return from the Northward I have made particular enquiry into the state of the Boats which may be rendered fit for service on the Western Waters, and find the number very small that are capable of being repaired, the expence of effecting which & transporting them to Schenectady it is imagined will equal or exceed the cost of building new Ones at that place. I have also written by the...
My outfit for the Army in 1775. the Expenditures on my journey to Cambridge (in which those of General Lee, & both our Suits were included)—and the Expences of my Household for some time after my arrival there was borne, as will appear by my Accts (which are now ready for examination) & from the dates of the public advances to me—by my private purse—the amounts of these Expenditures is yet due...
It was not ’till Yesterday that I received your favor of the 25th of June—I now acknowledge the receipt of it, and thank you very sincerely, for the kind Expressions of Benevolence & regard which you are pleased to extend to me, And to assure you, that I shall retain a cheerfull remembrance of your past Services, and wish you every felicity in your future Life. I take pleasure in sending you...
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your favor of the 11 of July inclosing to me the Address of the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts—and to assure you that the pleasure I experienced on that occasion was much enhanced by the polite manner in which you have been pleased to convey it to me. The inclosed reply I beg leave to commend to your...
It will be essential to the Public service, to furnish a Corps of 500 Men with the following Articles of Clothing Vizt for each non Commissioned Officer and Private. One Blanket Great Coat, or good Watch Coat. One Waist Coat with Sleeves (or Uniform Coat.) One Vest. One pr Woolen Overalls. One pr Breeches. two pr Stockings. One pr Socks. One Woolen Cap. One pr Mits. two Shirts. two pr Shoes,...
A supply of Medicines and Hospital Stores will be wanted to serve a Corps of 500 Men for Ten Months. It is my desire you will have as accurate an Estimate formed, as the nature of the case will admit, and that you will have the most efficacious measures immediately adopted for providing, arranging and packing up, in the best possible Order, all Articles included in it. As the preservation of...
I have received your Letter of the 2d of April—and reflecting on its Contents, I cannot but say that I am heartily sorry for the Occasion which has produced it—personal Enmity I bear none, to any Man—so far therefore as your Return to this Country depends on my private Voice, it would be given in favor of it with chearfulness But removed as I am from the people & the policy of the State in...
I am honored with the Care of transmitting to you the enclosed Resolution of Congress, expressing the Sense which that August Body entertains of your Goodness to the American Prisoners in Irilanda. Impressed as I am with Sentiments of Gratitude to you, for this Expression of your Benevolence, I feel a very particular gratification in conveying to you the Thanks of the Sovereign Power of the...
Within the course of a few days I have received the Letter you was pleased to honor me with from Bath, of the 20th of Feby and have to express my respectable thanks to your goodness, for the marks of confidence & esteem contained therein. Your Ladyships benevolent designs towards the Indian Nations claim my particular attention—and to further so laudable an undertaking will afford me pleasure,...
So long a Course of Time as you mention, had indeed obscured the Remembrance of our former Acquaintance, ‘till the Letter you have favored me with, bthe recollection of your Name to my Mind—Your good Sense has furnished me an Apology, should any be needed—and the Occasion which introduces this renewal of former Times, is most plea s ing indeed—Your Congratulations to our happy-fated Country,...
The Address of so respectable a Body as the Senate and House of representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusets, congratulating me on so auspicious an event as the return of Peace cannot fail to affect me with the highest pleasure and gratification. Be assured Gentlemen, that through the many and complicated vicissitudes of an arduous conflict, I have ever turned my Eye, with a fixed...
A Detachment of about 500 Men is to be sent to garrison the western Posts—A supply of Camp Equipage, also a considerable number of good Axes & Hatchets, with a few setts of Blacksmith’s, Armourer’s & Carpenter’s Tools will be wanted for the Troops, which may be employed on this Service—I must request you will immediately have these things provided, or repaired in the best manner, together with...
I received with much pleasure by the last Mail from Philadelphia, your favor of the 19th of April from London. For the Affectionate, & flattering expressions contained thereon you will please to accept my warmest & most grateful acknowledgments. This Letter removed an apprehensn w. I had long laboured under, of your having taken your departure for the Land of Spirits—How else could I acct for...