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Inclosed I have the pleasure to transmit a letter from the Count DeGrasse; and am happy to inform your Excellency that the Rhode Island f leets under Count De Barrass have arrived, for particulars respecting the movements & junction of the fleets I must refer you to the enclosed. I am with great respect Your Excellency’s most obedt Humble Ser vant AAE .
The Count de Grasse having been so good as to submit the inclosed Signals to my light & Improvement—agreable to his Desire, I take this first Opportunity to return them to your Excellency by a safe Conveyance—And hope they may prove of signal Advantage to the Commanders of his Most Christian Majesty’s Naval Armies. I have the Honor to be Your Excellency’s Most Obedient humble Servant, AAE :...
Herewith I have the honor to send your Excelly a letter for the Chevr De la Meth, in which is another for the Mareschall Duke de Broglie. In giving these testimonials, I have a two fold pleasure—doing justice to the merits of a gallant young Officer—and Complying with your Excellency’s wishes—to do which, at all times, will afford me the highest pleasure. I have the honr to be Yr Excellys Most...
I have had the Honor to receive your Excellencys Favor of the 18th inst. by Count Beniowsky—and by the same gentleman I do myself the pleasure to congratulate your Excellency on your safe Return to Philadelphia in good Health. The Plan which the Count means to offer for the Consideration of Congress, appears to be projected upon a liberal Scale, and with some Explanation, & perhaps a few...
I have had the Honor to receive your Excellencys Favor of the 22d instant per Captain L’Enfant. I beg your Excellency to be assured that I feel myself happy in an Opportunity at any Time to gratify your Desires; more particularly so on the present Occasion, which I view as diffusive of the most sensible Joy to the allied Nations of France & America. I most chearfully comply with your...
I am honord with your Excellencys Letter of the 20th Inst. inclosing Copy of a Letter from Count Rochambeau to you, and a Letter for Mr de Quemy commanding the Emerald Frigate—The latter I sent immediately by Express, under cover to the Governor of Rhode Island, requesting him to send it without any delay to Mr de Quemy. Altho I can hardly think that the Enemy will divide their Force and take...
I received with much gratitude the remembrances, and compliments of the principal Officers of the French Army in Virginia; and thank your Excellency for the trouble of being the bearer of them to me, and, the letter from Count Rochambeau. With equal sensiblity and pleasure, I received, and do now acknowledge, my obligation to your Excellency, for the communication from your Court; which tho’...
I should have done myself the honor of sending the Letter here with inclosed, earlier, but having no Cypher established with your Excellency I was afraid to entrust it to the care of a common Express—It now goes by Baron Closen & I trust will get safe to your hands. I shall again repeat, that with much consideration, & great personal attachmt I have the honor to be Yr Excellency’s Most Obet...
I have the honor of conveying to your Excellency, the inclosed address of the Officers of the American Army under my immediate Command, on the auspicious birth of a Dauphin. Happy in this oppertunity of presenting to you this United testimony of respect and veneration for your Royal Master, I pray you to believe that I enjoy the highest satisfaction in having such an occasion of manifesting to...
I was in the moment of sending off a dispatch to Count de Rochambeau, of which I have the honor to inclose a Copy, when your Excellency’s Letter of the 14th Instant arrived. I have only to refer you to my Letter of the 28th of April for a perfect state of Matters in this Quarter; and as little alteration has taken place since that period, your Excellency will readily perceive the...
I am much obliged to your Excellency for your two favours of the 28th of June, and 3d July which I have had the honor to receive, since my return from the frontiers of this State, where I have been in company with Governor Clinton, to visit and regulate my advanced Posts. As the business of the Army had accumulated greatly in my absence, and as I am exceedingly occupied in making some...
I have been honored with your Excellencys favor of the 5th, by Monsr de Choissy, who crossed the North River yesterday evening. For my opinion respecting the operation, which the Marquis de Vaudreuil had in contemplation, I beg leave to refer you to the inclosed Copy of my letter to that Gentleman. Your Excellency may be assured, that I undertake with the greatest pleasure, the procuring the...
I have had the honor of receiving your Excellencys Letter of the 14th by the hand of Mr de Laubedier covering one for the Marquis de Vaudreuil at Boston. As that Letter arrived after the departure of the Post which set off Yesterday for the Eastward, and waiting for the next Post will give it almost a Weeks delay, I shall send it forward immediately by the Chain of Expresses which has been...
I have the Honor to transmit to your Excellency, Copies of the Intelligence I yesterday received from General Forman in Monmouth County New Jersey. Altho there does not appear to be perfect Authenticity in the Acco. which respects the Arrival of the 25 Ships of the Line under Sir Saml Hood’s Command, yet the probability of such an Event, gives it great credibility—The List of Ships already on...
I do myself the Honor to transmit to your Excellency, the substance of Intelligence which I have lately sent to the Marquis de Vaudrieul—Vizt. On the 3d Septemr I informed him that "On Friday Evening the 30th of Augst the Warwick of 50 Guns, with 5 large Transport Ships, with 1500 or 2000 Troops on Board, sailed from N. York Harbour, bound for Halifax; and at 10 oClock the next day, six Ships,...
I have the Honor to forward to your Excellency a Letter which I have this Moment received from the Marquis de Vandrieul. At the same Time I transmit to you a Copy of the late Information with which I have furnished the Marquis—altho I cannot vouch for the perfect authenticity of this Intelligence, yet the Channel thro’ which I obtain it, is a very good one. I have constantly kept the Marquis...
Sundry accounts from New York, having reached me, informg that the British were more than meditating an Enterprize against the squadron of the Marquis De Vaudreuil, which the Enemy have learnt are now in two Detatchments—in Boston & Portsmouth Harbours—and that preparations were makg for the purpose; I have made the Marquis acquainted with this Intelligence, and the probability of such Event...
I have the honor to inclose to your Excellency a Copy of an Estimate of Expences incurred by the conveyance of Information which I have had the honor at your request to transmit to the Marquis de Vaudreuil. It has been communiated to me from the Quarter Master General who was intrusted by me to institute the Chain of Expresses—and at the same time it is intimated to me that he shall be obliged...
I have the Honor to transmit to your Excellency a packet which was this Morng received by the Chain of Expres, from the Marquis de Vaudieul at Boston. I take the Liberty to inclose to your Care several Letters for France, which I beg your Excellency will be so good as to forward by the first good Conveyance. I have the Honor to be &c. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
The inclosed Letter, which I have the honor to transmit to your Excellency, was received this Moment by a flag of Truce from New York. It was accompanied by one addressed to me from the Count de Vergennes, on the same Subject. The Case of Capt. Asgill having, before the receipt of these Letters, been submitted to Congress—I have immediately transmitted to that Hono. Body, Copy of the Counts...
Your Excellency’s favor of the 25th ulto only reached me yesterday. The Treasurer of the French Army has remitted 537 dollars to our Quarter Master General according to your direction. The principal Channel, by which I have gained certain information of the motions of the enemy’s Fleet, has been thro’ General Forman of Monmouth in the State of New Jersey, and before I call upon him for the...
I do myself the honor to inclose your Excellency a letter from the Marquis de Vaudreuil, in which, I make no doubt but he informs you that the first division of the British Fleet, which lately left New York, had been seen off St Georges Bank and Cape Sable. I have received no late or material information from New York. I have the honor to be with perfect Respect & Esteem yr Excellency’s Most...
I am honored with your Excellency’s letter of the 6th instant—on a subject not more distressing to you; Sir, than to myself. I have at various periods of the War written to Congress and to the States, endeavouring to convince them of the necessity of passing the most vigorous Laws to prevent the Inhabitants from furnishing the Enemy with Provisions. I will write them again, and will use every...
I am honored with your Excellencys Letter of the 12th of this month inclosing Copies of your two letters to General Carleton—It was not necessary you should apologize for sending in your dispatches by way of Elizabeth Town, under the circumstances you mention, there could be no impropriety in it. The moment I receiv’d the resolution of Congress in favor of Captain Asgill, I transmitted it to...
I take the liberty of requesting the favor of Your Excellency to forward the inclosed for the Count de Vergennes with your first dispatches either from Philada or the Chesapeake, as I shall send a duplicate by the Frigate which the Marquis de Vaudreuil proposes sending from Boston the beginning of next Month. I have the honor to be with the greatest Respect Yr Excellency’s Most Ot & hbl. servt...
I have the honor to transmitt to your Excellency the information I have just receivd from General Forman. it has somehow been a long time on the road but I had before transmitted the Marquis de Vaudreuille the very same intelligence which I received by another channell and I now send him this confirmation. "Friday Nov. 22—The Admirals Ship fired three Guns and the fleet got under way there...
I have been honored with your Excellency’s favor of the 30th ulto. You may be assured I shall continue, agreeable to your desire, to communicate any material occurrences respecting the enemy’s naval Force at New York. I expect the Count de Rochambeau tomorrow—When I shall deliver into his hands, the packet which accompanied your Excellency’s note of the 2d inst. Chevalier Chastellux is now...
I had, last Evening, the honor of receiving your Excellency’s favor of the 11th and immediately forwarded the Packets for the Marquis de Vaudreuil and Monsr de L’Etombe. I am happy to hear that your Excellency has recommended a plan for the protection of these Coasts, it will be of infinite advantage to the common interest, should effectual measures be taken to cover them from the depredations...
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Excellency’s Letter of the 18th of this Month with one for the Marquis de Vaudreuil which was sealed and forwarded by express immediately, and I am exceedingly obliged to your Excellency for the communication of its contents—As the Marquis informs me he should sail the 22d . I am fearfull that Baron Fuchs who passed this place the 23d in the...
I have the honor of enclosing to Your Excellency, under a flying seal, a Letter to the Count de Rochambeau; it accompanies the Cannon presented to him by Congress—should the Count have left the Continent previous to their arrival, agreeably to his direction, I must request you will have the goodness to take charge of these Peices, and of the Carriages which will also be sent to your Orders....
I am exceedingly obliged to your Excellency, for your communication of the 15th of this Month. The Articles of Treaty between America & Great Britain, as they stand in connection with a general pacification, are so very inconclusive, that I am fully in sentiment with you, that we should hold ourselves in a hostile position, prepared for either alternative, War or Peace. I shall confer with the...
The News of a general Peace, which your Excellency has been so good as to anounce to me, has filled my Mind with inexpressible satisfaction; and permit me to add, that the Joy I feel on this great Event, is doubly enhanced by the very obliging Manner in which you have been pleased to express your Congratulations to me & to the Army, on this very happy occasion. The part your Excellency has...
Your Excellencys request respecting the Prisoners which you expect from N. York by Way of Dobbs Ferry, has been communicated to the Intendant of our naval prisoners, who is at that post—and I trust Measures will be taken to give such relief & Assistance as may be needed. The Letter for Capt Macarty, was forwarded by a Gentleman going directly to Portsmouth. I have the Honor to be &c. DLC :...
I have been honored with your Excellencys Letter of the 10th instant. Congress having, by several Arrangements, given me reason to believe, that their sense of the prelimininary Articles is such, that there is no doubt but they will terminate in a definitive Treaty; I cannot suppose that these will be a Necessity of the further Continuance of the French Troops in the United States. Nor can I...
We are making some preparations in the Army for a display of our Joy on the happy event of a general peace—The Exhibition will be delayed until the arrival of the definitive Treaty; If your Excellency can make it convenient to honor us with your Company on the occasion it will be a great addition to our happiness. I take the liberty to put under cover to your Excellency several Letters which I...
At the sametime that I again thank your Excellency for offering me part of the Claret which you have at Baltimore, let me once more pray that my acceptance of it may put you to no inconvenience. I should be unhappy if I thought this would be the case. If, on the other hand, you can conveniently spare it, and Colo. Tilghman should be in Baltimore, I could wish to have it put into his care; as...
I had the honor to recieve your Excellys Letter of the 7th Octr which was handed to me by the Count Wengerski—I was in hopes this Gentleman would have passed two or three days with us but his hurry to visit the North Ward induced him to leave us immediately. It always gives me great pleasure to have an oppertunity of assuring you of the sincere regard and attachment with which I have the honor...
Lieutenant Colonel Villefranche and Major Rochefontaine, late of the Corps of Engineers, having quitted the service of the United States, and being about to return to France, have requested me to signify to your Excellency my opinion of their services in this Country. The Zeal, Activity, and knowledge of their profession, which have been conspicuous in the conduct of these Gentlemen, could not...
I have received a Letter from Sir Guy Carleton dated the 12th inst. at N. York, of which the following is an extract. "The preparations for withdrawing his Majesties Troops from this place are so far advanced, that, unless some untoward accident should intervene I hope it may be accomplished some days before the end of the Month; in all events, I propose to relinquish the Posts at King’s...
I have just received a Letter from General McIntosh in Georgia praying me to use my intrest with your Excellency in favor of a young frenchman under the name of Du Coins whose situation is explained in the Letter I now do myself the honor to enclose. Tho’ I am unacquainted with the young Gentleman otherwise than by that Letter, yet having served with Credit in our Army, and being represented...
I have been honored with your Excellys favor of the 18th from Annapolis covering a letter from the Marqs de la Fayette, for the trouble of doing which be pleased to accept my thanks. I regret exceedingly that the weather and roads shou’d have deprived me of the honor of seeing you at my retreat—I shall look however, with pleasure for your return to Annapolis, when I shall expect the fulfilment...
It was not until Capt: Hardwine deliver’d the Claret your Excellency was so obliging as to spare me, that I had the least knowledge of its being sent. In consequence of your kind offer to furnish me with three hogsheads, I wrote to Colo. Tilghman (at Baltimore) requesting him to receive & forward it to me; & obtained for answer, that before Your Excellys order had reached your Agent at that...
The Letter addressed by your Excellency to the President of the Society of the Cincinnati, and the Memorials referred to that Body, have been laid before the General Meeting. The Institution, as it is amended, admits into this Society “the late & present Ministers of his Most Xian Majesty to the United States; all the Generals & Colonels of Regiments and Legions of the Land Forces; all the...
The letter your Excellency did me the honor to write in the moment of your departure from this Country, conferred the highest honor upon me, & is not more flattering to my vanity, than it is productive of my gratitude. I shall ever reflect with pleasure Sir, on the readiness with which your communications to me have been made; & the dispatch & ability with which you have conducted business in...
Your early attention to me after your arrival at the Court of Versailles, amidst scenes of gaiety & the gratulations of friends, does me great honor & excites my warmest acknowledgments. That your august Sovereign, his amiable consort, & the Princes his brothers, should deign to interest themselves in, & wish to be acquainted with the circumstances of my life, is one of the most flattering...
I am indebted to you for your several favors of the 20th of Decr introductory of Mr de Chateaufort—of the 15th of Feby & 25th of March, which I should not have suffered to have remained so long unacknowledged, if anything had occurred, the relation of which could have compensated for the trouble of reading my letter. Long as I have waited for such an event, nothing has yet happen’d of much...
The letter you did me the honor to write to me on the 3d of Feby, has come safely to hand. Nothing could be more satisfactory to me than the friendly sentiments contained in it, & the generous manner in which you always interest yourself in the happiness & dignity of the United States. I wish I had it in my power to inform you, that the several States had fully complied with all the wise...
The Compte de Moustier your successor in office hath forwarded from New York, the letter in which you did me the honour to bring me acquainted with the merits of that Nobleman. Since it is the misfortune of America not to be favored any longer with your residence, it was necessary, to diminish our regrets, that so worthy and respectable a character should be appointed your successor. I shall...
As not any thing which is interesting to your happiness and glory can be indifferent to me, I have a sincere pleasure in congratulating you on your appointment as Ambassador from the most Christien King to the Court of London. Altho your Excellency may possibly have had some knowledge of Mr Barlow (the gentleman who will put this letter into your hands and of whom it is recommendatory) during...
Your letter of the 17th of Janry, replete with politeness to myself & useful informations respecting public affairs, has but lately been received. In making my acknowledgments for the distinguished place I hold in your remembrance & for the obliging terms in which you allude to my conduct in war & peace; I should do injustice to conceal the favorable sentiments which were always entertained by...