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I have received your letter of the 9th instant. I feel for the disagreeableness of your situation and should be happy the circumstances of the service would enable me to make it better—but you are sensible of the difficulties in the way of employing officers not attached to corps, in our service. It is true that the arrangement of Col. Armands legion has been left to me; but it is now fully...
Some particular Circumstances having produced an Alteration in my Plan of Operations—there will be no Occasion for the Services of the Pilots at present—they may therefore be desired to return to their several Homes as soon as they please. You will make a Return to me of the Expence incurred by your & the Other Pilots Attendance on this Call—& I will endeavour to procure you Payment as soon as...
I have rec’d yours of the first instant. The want of money need be no Obstacle to your proceeding upon the Service required, as you will receive a supply for that purpose upon your Arrival here. I am Sir Your most Obedt DLC : Papers of George Washington.
A considerable fleet of french men of War, chiefly Ships of the line, has just arrived at Sandy Hook, under the command of Admiral Count D’estaing. As the Admiral is a Stranger to our Coast, and is come for the purpose of co-operating with us against the Enemy, it is absolutely necessary that he should be immediately provided with a number of skillful pilots, well acquainted with the Coast &...
On the receipt of this, I wish to procure a number of those Pilot s that you formerly engag’d, and who ar e par ticularly acquainted with the Navigation of the Hook & North River, and with them repair, as soon as possible to Capt. Dennis’s at Baskenridge, where you’ll continue ’till you receive further orders from Genel Foreman of Monmouth County; after you have procur’d the Pilots , & sent...
[ West Point ] October 5, 1779 . Asks Dobbs to report to Headquarters in order to serve as a pilot for D’Estaing. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Dobbs was a pilot of Fishkill, New York.
By a variety of Accounts received through different channels and which from the correspondence between them appear to be probably true—it would seem as if Your & Captain Shaw’s services may be again called for, and in the course of a very few days—if not immediately. I wish You to keep the matter an entire secret; but at the same time that you will be in readiness to proceed to Rhode Island on...
It is my wish to see you here as soon as possible and I entreat that you will come without a moment’s delay. I want to consult you on a most important and interesting point & such as will not admit of the least procrastination. I know your zeal for the public service and am confident you will use every degree of diligence upon the occasion. I wish you to inform yourself, if you are not...
I am happy in receiving this public mark of the esteem of the Minister, Elders and Deacons of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in Kingston. Convinced that our Religious Liberties were as essential as our lives, my endeavors have never been wanting to encourage & promote the one while I have been contending for the other—and I am highly flattered by finding that my efforts have met the...
I have been favd with yours of the 12th inclosing Copy of your speech to the Oneidas and Tuscarora’s. I think you were perfectly right in ordering back and detaining the three Onondagas to whom you had granted their liberty upon parole, untill they should send back the seven who had made their escape. I congratulate you and the other Commissioners upon the happy prospect of the success of Genl...
I last night received the favour of your letter of the 27th on the subject of the restoration of the Onondaga prisoners. It appears to me that the propriety of giving up these prisoners without an equivalent will in a great measure depend on the proportion of the Onondaga nation now on friendly terms with us. If the body of the nation is with the Oneidas, and they are admitted into our...
West Point, July 29, 1779. Discusses exchange of Onondaga prisoners. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Douw was a commissioner of Indian affairs of the Northern Department.
Middlebrook [ New Jersey ] May 28, 1779 . Favors peace with Onondagas in order to weaken the hostile confederacy. Sets policy for exchange of Indian prisoners. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Schuyler and Douw were commissioners of Indian affairs of the Northern Department. Schuyler had resigned his commission in the Army on April 19, 1779.
[ Whitpain Township, Pennsylvania ] October 25, 1777 . Deplores manner in which horses have been acquired from disaffected persons. Rescinds former instructions. States that anyone found meddling with private property does so “on pain” of “militiary execution.” Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Permit me to assure you, that the cordial terms of your obliging favour of the 5th afford me the most sensible pleasure. It, naturally, is my ardent wish, that my well-meant endeavours, for the prosperity of my country, may meet the approbation of my countrymen; and I cannot but be peculiarly flattered by every instance of esteem, from the discerning part of them. The want of a longer personal...
Paramus [ New Jersey ] July 12, 1778 . Acknowledges receipt of Drayton’s congratulations on Battle of Monmouth. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Drayton was a member of the Continental Congress from South Carolina.
The Sister of the late Majr Genl Lee (in England) has requested me to get and Send her an authentic Copy of his Will. As I am informed the Record of it is in the County of which you are Clerk I pray you to send me an Official & formal Copy for that Lady—the expence of which will be paid by Sir Yr Most Obt Servt DLC : Papers of George Washington.
Understanding that the Committee of Safety, for this Colony, have given your Lordship permission to visit Bermuda for the benefit of your health, I take the liberty of wishing you a pleasant Voyage, and a speedy and perfect restoration of it —with respect, I have the honour to be Yr Lordships Most Obedt, & Most Hble Servt ALS , owned (1972) by the Earl of AncasterDrummond Castle, Crieff,...
I have your Lordships Favour of this Day, accompanied by Papers on Subjects of the greatest Moment, & deserving the most deliberate Consideration. I can allow much for your Lordships well meant Zeal upon such an Occasion, but I fear it has transported you beyond that Attention to your Parole which comprehends the Character of a Man of strict Honour. How your Lordship can reconcile your past or...
I have heard that a new arrangement is about to take place in the Medical Department and that it is likely, it will be a good deal curtailed with respect to its present appointments. Who will be the persons generally employed I am not informed, nor do I wish to know—however I will mention to you that I think Doctors Cochran and Craik from their Services—abilities and experience—and their close...
I am honored with your favour of the 27th of April, in behalf of the delegates of New York, which hurry of business prevented my answering sooner. So far as the matter respects military prisoners, it is in my province, and I have written to His Excellency Governor Clinton accordingly —The exchange of inhabitants has always been transacted by the States to which they belonged; and I have...
I have perused the letter which you did me the honor to write—containing several subjects of consideration refered by Congress to the Committee of conference—and on which you desire my opinion. As I am not yet furnished with sufficient data relative to the first head—it will be necessary to defer touching it—until I can by means of the board of war inform myself more fully of the object of the...
Mr Thomas Reed Deputy Pay Masr Genl for the Troops in the Northern department has made application for 100,000 dollars for the use of that department. As the Sum remaining in the Chest at Middle brook will not be more than sufficient to discharge the pay now due the Army there, and that upon the other side of Hudsons River I am under the necessity of referring Mr Reed to the Board of Treasury...
Baron de Steuben, who will have the honor of presenting this Letter to you, feeling himself in a disagreeable situation, has made a representation of it to Congress, in expectation that that Honble Body will releive him from present distress, & place him—especially with respect to half pay—upon a more permanent footing than the thing appears to be with him at present, having no State to resort...
I have taken the liberty, thro’ the Channel of the Committee appointed to confer with me, to lay before Congress the inclosed extract of a letter from General Knox, and the Return to which it refers. As the completion of the Corps of Artillery is a matter of great importance, I hope the earliest attention will be paid to that Business. There are but two ways of keeping up the Regiments of...
Tappan [ New York ] October 4, 1780 . Criticizes proposed Congressional plan for raising a permanent army. Is concerned that slightest success “will lull us into security.” States that “the history of the war is a history of false hopes and temporary expedients.” Fears this winter “will open a still more embarassing scene.” Reports that interview at Hartford produced nothing conclusive. Df ,...
I thank you My Dear Sir for your letter of the 19th of Sepr. I should have been happy in the information you give me, that some progress had been made in the business of raising a permanent army had it not been intimated to me through other channels, that in the resolutions framed on this article, the fatal alternative of, for one year has been admitted. In my letter to Congress of the 20th of...
Your favors of the 4th & 9th came safe to hand. I thank you very sincerely for the several articles of intelligence contained in them; and shall be happy, at all times, to hear from you when any thing occurs worthy of the moments which must be spent in the communication. My hearty wishes attend your endeavors to accomplish the confederation. It is certainly a most desirable event for us—and a...
Middlebrook [ New Jersey ] May 3, 1779 . Explains that the exchange of nonmilitary prisoners is controlled by the states. LS , in writing of H, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives. Duane was a delegate to Congress from New York.
The arrival of the Marquis De La Fayette opens a prospect which offers the most important advantages to these States, if proper measures are adopted to improve it. He announces an intention of his Court to send a fleet and army to cooperate effectually with us. In the present state of our finances, and in the total emptiness of our magazines, a plan must be concerted to bring out the resources...