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32351[Diary entry: 14 March 1767] (Washington Papers)
14. Ground exceeding hard froze & cold in the Morning but pleasant afterwards, clear. Wind Westward.
New Windsor [ New York ] July 3, 1779 . Proposes a general pardon for all prisoners under sentence of death. Questions Philip Heustis’s status as a prisoner. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
In Answer to your Queries of Yesterday, The Negroes that have been retaken, from whatever State, whose Owners do not appear, should all be treated in the same Manner, & sent into the County to work for their Victuals & Cloathes, & advertised in the States they came from—Those from N. York, are most probably the property of Inhabitants of that State & N. Jersey—and should be there Advertised—If...
In my Letter of the 21st of April I enclosed to your Excellency a Copy of a resolution of Congress of the 15th instructg me in three points which appear necessary for carrying into Effect the Terms of the provisional Treaty between Great Britain & the United States of America; and informed you, that such part as rested on my decision, and which regarded the Release of Prisoners, had been...
Your Letter of the 25th came safe—the Ink I sent a day or two ago by Colo: Saml Webb who I hope has delivered it safe e’re this. I shall examine your dictionary the moment I am at leizure thanking you in the mean while for the trouble you have had in preparing it. I am Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt ALS , in private hands. GW signed the cover of this letter and addressed it to “Majr Talmadge Light...
32356[Diary entry: 12 July 1767] (Washington Papers)
12. Southwardly Wind & clear.
32357General Orders, 18 October 1777 (Washington Papers)
The General has his happiness completed relative to the successes of our northern Army. On the 14th instant, General Burgoyne, and his whole Army, surrendered themselves prisoners of war—Let every face brighten, and every heart expand with grateful Joy and praise to the supreme disposer of all events, who has granted us this signal success—The Chaplains of the army are to prepare short...
Colo. Fleury this moment presented to me the letter your Excellency did me the honor to write from Trenton. & by his communication of your arrival at that place without accident, & meeting Monsr Gerard in good health, made me perfectly happy. Monsr Fleury has obtained my consent to be absent from this Army—He carries with him a certificate expressive of his great merit as an Officer—and a...
32359[Diary entry: 23 January 1773] (Washington Papers)
23. Ground very hard froze again and day variable—sometimes threatning snow—then promising to be fair and warm. Wind for the Most part Easterly but not much of it.
I have this moment received your sentiments with respect to the constitutionality of the Bill “to incorporate the subscribers to the Bank of the United States.” This bill was presented to me by the joint Commee. of Congress at 12 o’Clock on Monday the 14th. instant. To what precise period, by legal interpretation of the constitution, can the president retain it in his possession, before it...
32361[Diary entry: 30 December 1797] (Washington Papers)
30. Just such a day as yesterday—Mer. 20 to 40. Mrs. Washington came here and Mr. Wm. Dandridge to do business for me in the way of writing. William Dandridge probably did not stay long at Mount Vernon. The only mentions of him in the accounts after this date are an entry for $25 on 3 Feb. 1798, “By Cash given to Mr. Wm. Dandridge,” and a similar entry on 11 April (GW’s Cash Memorandum...
Letter not found: to Lt. Col. Robert Hanson Harrison, 12 Jan. 1777. In his letter of 20 Feb. 1777 to the Maryland council of safety, Samuel Chase asked the council “to consider the following Extract of a Letter from Genl. Washington to his Friend Colo. Harrison, of 12 [ultimo]. ‘With great Truth I can add, that Heaven alone knows upon what principle they (the Enemy) act, or by what Means, they...
I shall be obliged to you, or some friend in Congress, to inform me what has been, or is like to be done, with respect to my reference of the case of Captn Huddy? I cannot forbear complaining of the cruel situation I now am, & oftentimes have been placed in, by the silence of Congress in matters of high importance—and which the good of Service, & my official duty, has obliged me to call upon...
32364[Diary entry: 20 May 1773] (Washington Papers)
20. Still clear & midling Cool wind fresh from the west.
The Fish mention’d by the Secretary of War, are doubtless meant to be those of the Season, as Shad or Herring—whether Salted or fresh I cannot determine, perhaps both. On the subject of your request for leave of absence, Major General McDugal has so early as the first of this month entered his caveat against your obtaining it—his reasons are assign’d in the inclosed copy of his Letter to...
It appearing by the Report of the Secretary of the Government North West of the Ohio, that there are certain cases respecting grants of land within that territory, which require the interference of the Legislature of the United States;—I have directed a Copy of said Report and the Papers therein referred to to be laid before you; together with a copy of the Report of the Secretary of State...
I do myself the honor to inclose to your Excellency Copy of a Letter from Generals McDougall Clinton & Cortlandt in favor of Majr Hamtramck. My knowledge of that Officer is such, as makes the task of Recommendg him to the notice of the Government of this State, extremely pleasing—being assured that if it shall be in their power to favor his views his conduct will always justify any appointment...
32368[Diary entry: 24 January 1760] (Washington Papers)
24. Fine day. Wind So[uther]ly. Gradual thaw.
Inclosed you have Returns of Arms and Accoutrements wanting by the 2d and 4th Regiments of Light Dragoons —The Articles of sadlery could, I beleive, have been procured in Connecticut, but the Dy Qr Mr General there did not think himself at liberty to proceed in the Business, without a special order, and therefore transmitted the Returns to the Quarter Master General for his direction—who,...
32370[Diary entry: 31 March 1748] (Washington Papers)
Thursday 31st. Early this Morning one of our Men went out with the Gun & soon Returnd with two Wild Turkies. We then went to our Business. Run of three Lots & returnd to our Camping place at Stumps.
G. Washingtons Compliments to Mr Hunter—would thank him for forwarding the enclosed letter by a good oppertunity when any such offers. He would thank Mr Hunter for the Currt Cash prices of good Plank in Alexandria—Inch—Inch & Quarter—and Inch and half. this by the bearer. If there is any Vessel in the harbor with these, & do not meet a ready Sale, he would take some, if good, of each, if the...
32372[Diary entry: 9 June 1797] (Washington Papers)
9. Very warm with the wind at So. Wt. and great appearances of Rain but none fell here.
32373[Diary entry: 26 March 1791] (Washington Papers)
Saturday 26th. Spent the forenoon in my room preparing papers &ca. against my arrival at George Town. Dined at the Governors and went to the Assembly in the Evening where I stayed till half past ten oclock. In the Afternoon of this day Paris and my other two horses arrived from Rock-hall. GW “again dined with a large company” at the governor’s house, “and in the evening,” reported the Maryland...
32374[Diary entry: 24 September 1787] (Washington Papers)
Monday. 24th. Thermometer at 62 in the Morning—70 at Noon and 70 at Night. Wind Westerly with some Clouds. After breakfast I rid to the Plantatns. at the Ferry—Frenchs—Dogue run & Muddy hole. At the first, the hands were getting out Wheat & Rye; and the Plows were putting in Wheat in field No. 6. At the next, 4 plows were putting in Rye in No. 6 and the rest of the hds. grubbing in the New...
It is with satisfaction I announce to you, that the alterations which have been made by law in the original plan for raising a duty on spirits distilled within the United States, and on Stills, cooperating with better information, have had a considerable influence in obviating the difficulties, which have embarrassed that branch of the public revenue. But the obstacles, which have been...
The Army of the American States, under my Command being lately greatly reinforced, and having again Enter’d the State of New Jersey, I most warmly request the Militia of Said State at this Important Crisis to Evince their love to their Country, by boldly stepping forth and defending the Cause of Freedom, The Inhabitants may be Assured that by a Manly & Spirited Conduct they may now releive...
I love & thank you for the Sentiments contained in your letter of the 5th—I look forward with pleasure, to the Epocha which will place us as conveniently in one camp, as we are congenial in our sentiments—I shall embrace you when it happens with the warmth of perfect friendship. My time, during my Winter residence in Philadelphia, was unusually (for me) divide between parties of pleasure, &...
As (if I understood you rightly the other day at Lomax’s) you are high Sheriff of this County, I shall be obliged to you for the Public accts against me for Taxes, Levies, &ca, that I may make provision, without delay, for payment. Can you tell me whether the writ against Edward Williams (given to you at the above time & place) has been served? Mr Brindley & his Son-in-law called here about...
Your letter of the 11th instant has been received; and I shall depend upon receiving samples of the Oznabrigs & Ticklenbirgs, with the prices annexed, so soon as you are enabled to give them; as I cannot much longer delay purchasing the quantity I want, and am now making partial purchases to supply immediate calls, & not on good terms. By the first regular Packett from Philadelphia I shall...
I am much obliged by the information contained in your Letter of the 30th Ulto—The Negros taken in the Monk do not belong to me, but to Mr Lund Washington, who lives at my Seat of Mount Vernon. on whose behalf I shall be thankful for any services you may render in recovering the Negros Robt Phoenix and—Phoenix—& on whose Acct I will see any expences paid. Instead of giving me any further...
32381General Orders, 21 October 1778 (Washington Papers)
Lieutt Samuel Richards is appointed Pay-Master to the 3rd Connecticutt Regiment—Lieutt William Adams to the 4th—Lieutt John Shearman to the 6th and Lieutt Richard Sill to the 8th from the 7th of September last. Purity of Morals being the only sure foundation of publick happiness in any Country and highly conducive to order, subordination and success in an Army, it will be well worthy the...
32382[Diary entry: 11 October 1768] (Washington Papers)
11. At home all day alone.
It mus⟨t give great Concern to any⟩ considerate Mind that when ⟨this whole Continent at⟩ a vast Expence of Blood & Treasure ⟨is endeavouring to⟩ establish its Liberties on the most se⟨cure and Solid Founda⟩tions not only by a laudable Oppositi⟨on of Force to Force⟩ but denying itself the usual Advantages ⟨of Trade, there⟩ are Men among us so basely sordid as to ⟨Counteract⟩ all our Exertions...
Officers of the Regiment of Infantry Leiut. Colo. Commandant Josiah Harmar And a Brigadier General by brevet, he having been appointed such by a resolve of Congress of the 31st of July 1787 Majors John Plasgrave Wyllys John F. Hamtramck Captains Jonathan Heart David Zeigler William McCurdy John Mercer David Strong John Smith Joseph Ashton Erkuries Beatty. Lieutenants John Armstrong John Pratt...
32385[Diary entry: 12 July 1786] (Washington Papers)
Wednesday 12th. Mercury at 79 in the Morning— at Noon and at Night. Wind pretty fresh from the So. West all day. About Noon a cloud arose in the west, from whence proceeded a shower of rain and severe lightning and loud thunder. Visited all my Plantations and the Mill to day. Finished the wheat harvest at the Ferry about Noon. Gave the People employed in it the remainder of the day for them...
There is a quantity of money of the two emissions called in, lying at Hartford in the hands of a Mr John Lawrence Treasurer at that place. It is to be forwarded to Philadelphia—You will be pleased therefore to give orders to one of the Officers coming on with the levies to take charge of it, and on his arrival at Fish kill to give me notice—An attentive Officer should be appointed for the...
Genl & Mrs Washington return Complimts to Mr & Mrs Powell, & beg leave to inform them, that they are engaged to Dine with Mr Jacob Morris on Saturday next —where, in conformity to custom, they will be obliged to drink Tea, and consequently must be deprived of the pleasure intended them by Mr & Mrs Powell. AL , ViMtvL . The cover of this letter is addressed to “Mr Powell.” The only year during...
You will readily agree with me that the best interests of the United States require such an intimation to be made to the Governor of Canada, either directly or indirectly, as may produce instructions to prevent the Indians receiving military aid or supplies from the british posts or garrisons—The notoriety of this assistance has already been such as renders enquiry into particulars...
Your Letter of the 18th instt came to Hand while I was absent on a Visit to the Count de Grasse at Cape Henry—from whence I am just returned—I am very sensible of your Attention—& am sorry for the Embarrassments you met with—I hope they will soon be removed. The Legion of the Duke Lauzun is ordered to join the Troops now under your Comand—& you may soon Expect to see them—I wish you to be...
I have been honored with your Excellency’s favor of the 30th ulto. I sincerely regret the disappointment of the Allies before Gibralter—more especially as it will serve to keep alive the spirits of the English. I enclose you the Copy of a letter which I recd last Night from the president of Congress—By this it appears that the evacuation of Charles town would take place as soon as the...
The President and Mrs Washington offer the Compliments of the day to Mrs Powell. They sincerely wish her the return of many anniversaries of it. that with each her happiness may increase—& the satisfaction of her friends thereby promoted. The President and Mrs Washington would, with pleasure, have been of Mrs Powell’s party on the present occasion, this evening, had it not been for the late...
The General & Mrs Washington, present their Compliments, to Colo. Knox & Lady, begs the favor of their Company at dinner, on Friday half after 2 oClock. D , in George Baylor’s writing, NNGL : Knox Papers. Henry Knox married Lucy Flucker (c.1756–1824), a daughter of the royal secretary of Massachusetts, on 16 June 1774.
THIS INDENTURE, made the first day of June in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and ninety six: BETWEEN General George Washington , of Mount Vernon in the State of Vrginia, and Martha his wife of the one part And Matthew Richie , of the County of Wshington in the State of Pennsylvania Esquire of the other part. WITNESSETH that the said George Washington and Martha his wife, for...
Colonel Arendt writes me, that the state of his health will make it absolutely necessary for him, to withdraw himself awhile from the Garrison. I am apprehensive, that during his absence, there may arise some difficulty about the command between you and Lt Col. Smith; as it is uncertain which of your Commissions is oldest, and cannot now be easily determined. The good of the service however...
Pay Mr John Moorey or Robt Cary Esqr. all Dividends now due, or shall hereafter become due £1650 Bank Stock standing in the name Jno. Custis decd and this shall be your Sufficient Warrant. Go: Washington & Martha Washington late wife of Danl Parke Custis Decd DS , Bank of England. The document is in GW’s hand and was signed by him and Martha Washington. John Moory Moorey was a partner in the...
Dr Colo. George Washington in Accot with Thos Lawson March 18th  To 5 Barrs of Iron sent you at this date Wt 160 @4d. £ 2.13.4 June 19th  To 88 Barrs of Iron now sent Wt 1T. 0C. 0Q.4W. 30/  30. 1.3 £32.14.7 E. Excepted pr Thos Lawson June 28th 1761 Then Recd ⟨the⟩ above Sum of Thirty two poun⟨ds⟩ 14 & 7 for the use of M⟨r Tho.⟩ Lawson. D , ICHi . The receipt is written in GW’s hand and signed...