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Upon receipt of this you will send Majr Davis of Wisenfeldts Regiment to his Excellency Governr Clinton, whose Orders he is to obey—You will be pleased to send such other Officers as the Governor may require, & the State of the Regimts in the York line can spare, to his Excellency, for the purpose of Recruiting—They will receive their Instructions from him—and a Reimbursement of their Expences...
Having occasion to part with my Housekeeper, a Mrs Thompson somewhere in your Neighbourhood, is recommended to me as a fit person to supply her place. I therefore give you the trouble of forwarding the Inclosed Letter to her, & beg of you to hasten her to this place or an answer, as I am entirely destitute, & put to much inconvenience for want of discharge the duties of this Office. I am Sir...
Upon receipt of this letter you will be pleased to proceed immediately to Albany, or the place to which General Hand may have gone; previously, however, directing the two Regiments of your brigade to follow you, in case they have not already set out, and to wait your orders at Albany. General Hand receives my directions to take the command at the minisink, in which I have, (for the present)...
From the accounts which I have received from the northward, I am in hopes there will be no occasion for your advancing beyond Albany. I put this letter under cover to the Lieut. Governor with a desire to forward it to you, in case the information he may have received of the retreat of the Enemy will justify your recall. In such case, you will return with the utmost expedition to West Point and...
In my last Letter, I requested you to forward all the Continental Troops from the Northward to West Point by Detachment as soon as possible—some circumstances since having made an alteration in the arrangements of the army, such of the Troops as shall not have been sent off, before the receipt of this Letter you will be pleased to detain at Albany untill further Orders: Causing the whole of...
Since my letter to you of yesterday in which I mentioned the measure I had taken respecting supplies, informed you of our only resources, and authorized military coertion in cases of extremity; I have received your favor of the 30th Ulto with a Postscrip of the 1st Inst. Alarmed at the critical situation of the Garrison of Fort Schuyler, I order’d out of the small pittance in our Magazines, 50...
In my Letter of the 28 Ulto I informed you of the succour you might expect, if necessary. The five Companies of Van Schaicks Regt have since sailed—Hazens will follow tommorow. I have now to communicate my sentiments in general respecting the disposition, and application of this force. It is clearly my opinion, that the reinforcements lately ordered to the Northward should be kept together, as...
I have received your favor of the 20th By the incorporation of the 1st and 3d Regiments, the command of them both devolves upon Colo. Vanschaick, and as the importance of Fort Schuyler requires an Officer of Rank, you will be pleased to direct the Colonel himself to repair to that post and relieve Colonel Weisenfelds. You will also direct a suitable number of Captains and Subs to replace those...
In a conference this day with the Governor—the Lieut. Governor—Genl Schuyler and Genl Ten Brock it has been determined that the Continental Regiments shall be withdrawn from the Northward as soon as a suitable number of Militia shall be sent in to relieve them. I have in consequence directed 600 men from the Counties of Hampshire and Berkshire to rendezvous at Albany. As they arrive you will...
This Letter is intended to countermand the orders which have been given you for marching —if therefore upon receipt of it, your troops should still be at the Continental Village—you will remain there with them and revert to the instructions which you received relative to that post —if it should find you on the march you will halt your troops at the first convenient position—and wait farther...
I should have been glad had the situation of the Army, in respect to General Officers, admitted of my granting your request for a longer continuance of your furlough: But I am really obliged to dispense with many necessary Camp duties and to send Officers of inferior Ranks upon commands which ought in propriety to fall to General Officers. We have at this time but two Brigadiers of the line in...
I have been favored with your Letter of the 7th Instant. The measure you took, for obtaining bread for the Troops, in their distress, by ordering up the flour from the Mills below has my entire approbation. General Heath has gone to the Eastern States, as I suggested, in my former Letter was proposed. One tenth part of the whole supply of Meat, from New England, is ordered to Your Department....
On the Execution of the Inclosed Warrant with expedition, care & exactness, much may depend; I therefore desire you will perform the Service therein required, yourself—In the Instant he is siezed (& his Papers) inform him that there are indubitable Evidence of his being concernd in a Scheme of Inlisting Men for the Kings Service, & note his answers—Communicate this matter to no Person living...
I have been duly favored with your letter of the 9th Inst. announcing the arrival of General Stark to take command in the northern department and informing that the state Levies were coming in, and the militia from the eastward hourly expected. You will be pleased therefore on the receipt of this to embark the remaining Companies of Colo. Courtland’s regiment, and proceed immediately with them...
I observe by the last returns of Ordnance Stores from Fort Schuyler that 54 lb. of Powder had been expended in firing morning and evening Guns and salutes by order of Lt Colo. Weissenfells—I do not know whether this practice is continued by Colo. Cortland, but you will be pleased, the first time you have occasion to write to him, to desire him, if it is, to lay it aside as not only useless but...
In order to shorten the March of the Massachusett’s Regiments intended for this quarter, They are directed to take their Route thro’ the Greenwoods to Kinderhook, Claverack or Red hook, from whence they are to fall down to Fort Montgomery by water. If none of the Enemy’s Vessells should be in Haverstraw bay, they may proceed down the River by Water, and disembark at Peek’s kill or in Jersey,...
I have the pleasure of introducing to you the Chevr de Chatteleaux Majr Genl in the French Army, and the Viscount de Noailles & Count Damas who are anxious to see the Northern Frontier of New York, & may perhaps go as far as lake George. As they are Gentlemen of the first rank in France, I would wish every attention paid to them. You will be pleased to offer them an escort if they incline to...
I have been favoured with Your Letter of the 13th Inst. by Colo. Du Bois—with the several Inclosures. I have given Colo. Du Bois Orders on the Cloathing department for such articles as the state of our supplies will admit of, for the Troops which have not been already furnished—and I hope they will reach them ‘ere it is long. I am sorry you have met with some disappointments in respect to...
I have been favoured with Your Letter of the 5th Inst. and with Your’s & Genl Hand’s of the 28th Ulto. The One you mention of the 20th never came to hand. As the impediments which suspended General Schuyler from command are now removed by an Honorable acquittal—I have written him a line upon the subject of his resuming it, in the Department where he now is for the present. If this event takes...
Permission is granted to send a Flag Boat from New York to King’s Ferry with Cloathing and other necessaries for the troops of the Convention who may be shortly expected at Fishkill on their way to Virginia. Upon the arrival of the British Boat at King’s Ferry, you are to procure a proper Vessel and take the goods out of her and send them under the care of an Officer who is to deliver them to...
From the advices which I have this day received from the Governor and General Schuyler, I have directed General Heath to detach the remainder of the New York Brigade or such part as he can conveniently spare to Albany you will dispose of them as there may be occasion. From some circumstances there is reason to apprehend Treachery in the Northern Quarter. I have therefore desired General...
As it is necessary there should be an Officer in whom the State has confidence to take the general direction of affairs at Albany and on the Frontier, I have fixed upon you for this purpose, and I request you will proceed to Albany without delay and assume the command. You will be particularly attentive to the post of Fort Schuyler and do every thing in your power to have it supplied with a...
Head Quarters [New York] 14 August 1776 . Forwards Clinton’s commission as brigadier general in the Continental army. “As the Post you are now at is an Object of great importance, & I am unacquainted with the Officers under you, must request you will remain there, till you hear farther from me.” LS , in Tench Tilghman’s writing, CSmH ; LB , DLC:GW ; Varick transcript , DLC:GW . The cover of...
I have received your favor of the 5th by Mr Gamble. Nothing gives me greater pain than being obliged to hear daily complaints, which I know are well grounded, from every quarter, and not having it in my power to redress them. Mr Gamble informs me that about 100 Barrels of Salt Meat, which were at Barrington, are upon the way to Claverac. These will be a temporary supply. In the mean time, I...
I have this day wrote to the President of the Convention of New York requesting that an Aid of Six hundred Militia may be sent to you from the Counties of Ulster & Orange or any other that is more proper and convenient, for the purpose of assisting you either in the defence of the Highlands in Case they should be attacked or of constructing New Works and Fortifications, by which they may be...
Instantly on the receipt of your Letter of the 16th Ulto (which came to hand in two days from the date) I dispatched a Copy of it to Congress; enforcing thereby the pointed representations, and earnest sollicitations, I was making at that moment, respecting the supplies of the Army: how far Congress will be able to devise ways & means for immediate releif, or induce the States to comply with...
I have been favoured with Your Letter of the 29th Ulto. The Rifle company is to march with the Troops. I did not mention it particularly, as I considered it attached to Colo. Butler’s Regiment—and that the order for their march would comprehend it. With respect to Artillery—the propriety of taking any or how much with you, will depend and must be decided by yourself on a consideration of...
In a letter from General Hand of the 20th instant, he transmitted a memorial from Major Whitcomb (who commands a Corps of Rangers) to Congress, in which he complains of want of regular pay for his own Corps and three companies of provincials under his command, who were raised to serve till December. The principal bar to obtaining his pay seems to have been the want of being properly mustered....
I am informed by Gen. Scott that some boatsmen belonging to your brigade who were imployed by Lt Brewster, in navigating from the main to Long Island—have been remanded to their regiments—in consequence of which a service of a particular nature is very much impeded if not entirely stopped. The names of the men Gen. Scott tells me are David Dickinson—Fochanah Hawkins Ben. Dickinson, Jonathan...
Your Letter of the 4th Instant, by Express, was received in the course of the last night: by Mine of the 5th and 6th you will already have been made acquainted with the state of our Magazines, the partial aid we were then able to afford, and the measures, I advised, to be pursued: since which no provision of the meat kind has been received—whenever any quantity arrives, you may depend upon...