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As it appears by some recent intelligence, that the Enemy are removing from Long Island to York Island—And as their movement from the latter (by way of Spiten Devil can be mas k ed & rapid) I request your Lordship to give a standing order while we remain in this position to the Regiment on the left of Poors Brigade, in case of a landing and firing at the Picket on their left, to march...
I have received your Favours of the 7th and 14th instant. However desirable the Plan you mention may be, there are insuperable Obstacles to our undertaking it at present, or any other which would require a Transportation of a Magazine of provisions. Mr Duer has no Doubt informed you upon how precarious a Footing our Subsistence stands, even in a Country full of Supplies. We are as quiet here...
After perusing the inclosed order, you will be pleased to communicate it as soon as possible to Brig. Genl Wayne—Be pleased to acknowledge the receipt of this that I may be sure it got to hand. I am Yr Lordships Most obt Servt NHi : William Alexander, Lord Stirling Papers.
I have been honored with your Lordships Letters of the 23d & 26th instant with their Enclosures—and am much pleased to hear that every thing is quiet in your Quarter. The Army having seperated for its Winter Quarters, the principal part of the Troops have removed to their hutting Ground in the Neighbourhood of N. Windsor—In makg the general Disposition for the Winter, I have judged best, as...
The Commander in Chief States to the General Officers— That—From the best Information he has been able to obtain, the regular force of the Enemy in N. York, at this Time , including their established provincial Corps, amounts at least to 9,000 Men. That—The City Militia, volunteer Companies, Rangers and some other small Corps in the Town, amounted by a Report made to the Secretary of State in...
While I am with the detachment of the Army below, you will remain in command here. Your principal attention will be paid to the good order of the Camp and the security of the Baggage and Stores left in it. There will be no need of advanced pickets, as you will be fully covered in front. The Camp Guards should be vigilant and the officers commanding them see that the men are not permitted to...
I have had the pleasure to receive your Lordships Favor of the 20th inclosing your Correspondence with Colo. St Ledger. I thank you my Lord most sincerely for your Congratulations on the late Success in Virginia—an Event which, if properly improved by the States, I should hope might be attended with the happy Consequences you are pleased to enumerate. My Fear is that from an Over-rating this...
I have been favd with yours of the 2d and 8th instants—Colo. Dearborns Regiment have all arrived and Colo. Reids may be hourly expected. I have lately given orders for a delivery of Arms Accoutrements and Quarter Masters stores for the New York state troops, I must request your Lordship to direct that they be only applied to the three years Men and not to the levies for the Campaign. I am with...
I have had the pleasure to receive your favors of the 18th & 21st Inst. with the several Enclosures—your Lordship may rest assured, I am highly satisfied with the measures which have been taken for reducing the number of Posts on the frontier, removing the superfluous public Buildings & Stores, establishing discipline, & holding the Troops in perfect readiness for marching. With sentiments of...
I thank you for naming a Gentleman for the office of Comy of Prisoners, but would not wish to have Captn Sill sent to me on that business—Many others have been mentioned, & before I fix on any, I would chuse to take a comparitive view of the whole (and such others as may occur) and then appoint the one, whom under the Circumstances of Rank, Talents, & Integrity, appear to be best qualified for...