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I took the liberty to put into your hands (in the course of last summer) a letter from James Seagrove Esqr. mentioning the alarming emigration from Georgia into East Florida in consequence of a Proclamation of the Spanish Governor, and as I can not find it among my papers, may I request the favor, that you will please to direct, one of your Gentlemen, to make a search for it. my reason for...
Being called upon by the widow and the executors of the late Major General Nathaniel Greene, to relate such circumstances with regard to the situation of the army, and of the transactions between a certain Mr. John Banks and the General, as came within my knowledge, as second in command in the Southern District; I think it unnecessary to go into a minute detail of every circumstance respecting...
Nothing but the particular ⟨ illegible ⟩ of an Officer of merit which request I cou’d not refuse shou’d have induced me to intrude upon your Excellency’s time at a season when I know it must be precious—but as the Object which he has ⟨in View⟩ might be lost by any delay—I take the Liberty to mention Colo. James Armstrong —who wishes an Appointment in one of the Regiments which are expected to...
Since the organization of the Federal System, & the establishment of the several departments, I have not presumed to address your Excellency respecting occurrencies in this Quarter, least it shou’d be improper—being totally unacquainted with the Mode now observed, but I have occasionally wrote to the Secy at War—giving such infor[m]ation as I deemed of moment, in full confidence that it wou’d...
This will be presented to your Excellency by my former aid Colo. Fishbourn, whose feelings has been much hurt by the unmerited & wanton attack upon his Character by Mr Gunn in the house of Senators —however chargeable he might have been for some little indiscretions of youth, which time & reflection, has & will correct, even the tongue of slander can not with Justice, charge him with any...
Permit me to congratulate you upon the adoption, & organization, of the Federal Constitution, a business in which you took so early—so conspicuous—& so Effectual a part, & altho’ I have not the honor of a seat in the Magnum Concilium of America—I feel myself much interested in her Dignity, wealth, & Power—& therefore take the liberty to suggest a measure which in my humble opinion will have a...
I did myself the honor of addressing your Excellency in April, by Genl Jackson, & have since that period been extremely gratified by hearing of your happy arrival at the seat of Government, & acceptance of the supreme Executive Authority of the United States—an event, that I am confident affords the sincerest pleasure to every true friend of America. I also observe that the Impost Act was in...
Permit me to introduce to your acquaintance Brigr General James Jackson, (a representative from Georgia to Congress) he is my particular friend, who in the Campaign of 1782 Commanded the State Legion which composed my Vanguard. I know him to be A Valuable Citizen a good soldier & an honest man, & as such I wish you to introduce him to your Military & other acquaintances, & whatever Civilities...
Accept of my warmest & sincerest congratulations, upon your appointment to the Presidency of the United States of America! & altho’ it cannot add to the Illustrious Character, you have so justly merited & established through the World, yet it reflects additional honor upon the Western Empire —by a display of her Wisdom—prudence & Gratitude, in the choice she has made of her greatest...
long want of health, occasioned by the extreme of fatigue & loss of blood, in assisting to Vindicate the rights & liberties of America from her coldest , to her hotest sun, deprived me the honor & pleasure, of attending your Excellency into New York, & now adds to my unhappiness, by preventing me from paying you my personal respects in the City of Phila., however I have one consolation i.e....
Having been long accustomed to act under your Excellency’s eye, or particular Orders in the field, & frequently honored by your public approbation, & from a wish to merit a continuance of that favorable Opinion of my Conduct, since detatched from you after the Reduction of York, I am induced to lay before your Excellency a brief detail of the principal Operations of the troops under my...
The total liberation of the Southern States from an enemy, affords the Citizens a flattering prospect of a continuation of peace & tranquility; so that probably the troops of the middle States will be Ordered to return to the Northard in the course of the spring; be that as it may, the shock my constitution has met with from reiterated attacks of the fever, in this Inhospitable climate, render...
The Campaign in this Quarter being gloriously terminated under your Excellency’s auspices—I have to request the Indulgence of a short respite from the field. If that can not be granted, I must beg permission to advance at leasure (Independent of Command) until I join Genl Greene. This is a matter in which I am much Interested not only on acct of my Wound but my feelings your Compliance will...
I wish you to do me the Justice to believe, that I never did not nor never will, be guilty of any Conduct, that will be prejudiced to a Cause in which my life Character & property are engaged. As a friend I told your Excellency my feelings & situation—as a soldier I will submit to every Difficulty. I only requested leave of absence for a short time, your Excellency has put it on a ground that...
Inclosed are a letter Return &ca which I intended to forward sooner—the temper of the Gentlemen aluded to is altered much for the better, but the cause is not yet removed, tho’ I am informed in a fair Way. you will before this arrives have heard of the Intercepted letters from Lord G. Germain in which he has disposed of all matters to his mind on this side the North River & gives orders to Sr...
The Retreat of Lord Cornwallis to Portsmouth, & the advance of Colonel Tarlton with about nine hundred men, Cavalry, and Infantry towards South Carolina, probably with a view of putting General Greene in a disagreeable situation, has determined the Marquis la Fayette to order the Pennsylvania, and Virginia troops under my command to that quarter. The smallness of our numbers has also induced...
After a variety of Marches and counter marches frequently offering battle to Lord Cornwallis upon Military terms, the Marquis Lafayette recd Intelligence on the 5th that the Enemy had marched from Wmsburg for James town & were preparing to throw their baggage and troops over that river, this Induced the General to make a forward move to this place (with the Continental troops Including Major...
I do myself the honor of Inclosing your Excellency a General return of the Detachment of Infantry under my Command, the return of the Artillery has not come to hand, it consists of One Major three Captains & Six subaltns & Ninety NonCommissioned Officers & matrosses with Six field pieces i.e. four six, & two three pounders. You have also the proceedings of two Courts Martial held at this post...
I was honored with your favor of the 18th Ultimo, an extract of which I immediately laid before Congress & the Executive Council of this State, accompanied by a letter to the latter of which the Inclosed is a Copy, with a view to stimulate them to facilitate the advance of the troops, but difficulties arrising in the manner of payment &ca &ca and perhaps an Idea that their services might be...
I was honored, & much Obliged by yours of the 26th Ultimo, & had the most flattering prospects of being able to march a decent Detatchment to co-operate with the Marquis, but the same supiness & torpidity that pervades most of our civel Councils, has prevented any part of the troops from moving, the executive council not having complied with their engagements, or made any essay towards it...
I was honored with your favor of the 2nd Instant and experience much happiness in your Approbation of my Conduct during the unfortunate Desertion of the Pennsa line but as I am informed that the tounge of slander (among some Individuals in the State of N. Jersey) has not been Idle on this Occation I hold it my duty to mention that as far as Orders & example had Influence the persons & property...
The Commissioners appointed by Congress have nearly closed the settlement of the Inlistments of the Pennsa Line, the last or Eleventh Regiment will be finished this Evening, we have now Discharged out of the Aggregate 1220 men so that we may count upon about 1180 non commissioned Officers & privates as a next off, who are all furloughed by Order of the Committee until March & toward April,...
In obedience to the Orders of the Commissioners appointed by Congress to settle the terms of Inlistments of the Pennsya Line, we have already Discharged, the Chief part of the Artillery, first, Second, third, fourth & fifth Regiments, I could wish that the Commissioners had given time for the Officers to produce the Attestations before they made the Oath so common:—the papers were collected...
I would have wrote your Excellency on my arrival at Princetown—but did not like to give you trouble as General Wayne informed me he had acquainted you minutely of every particular—the late turn affairs have taken you are also informed of—It was an exceeding unfortunate proposal of the Committee of Congress & Governor Reed—to take the Mens Oaths—a number of the enlistments being lost—all these...
I wrote you yesterday morning by Mr Craig, since which I was honored with yours of the 8th Instant, it affords me great Consolation that the troops of the Other States have not yet attempted to follow the example of the Pennsa Line. When we offered the terms Inclosed you the 4th Instant we had in View the General Line of the Army, And Circumstances in Consideration would even Induce us to...
In mine of the 9th I had the Honor of giving you a particular account of our proceedings & Situation, yesterday Our Sergts or Commanders agreed as a preliminary to give us up the two Spies & Most all such Soldiers as were entitled to their Discharges (which are but few) should Immediately give up their Arms & retire—there were Articles which they took the Voice of the Soldiers on—who agreed to...
Your favor of the 3rd with a poscript dated the 4th at 7 OClock a.m. by Major Fishbourn came to hand last evening, the manner in which your Excellency had been pleased to Approve of the Conduct of the Officers in General, and ours in particular, affords a Sensation which words can not express. It would have afforded us Infinite pleasure, had fortune put it into our power to Inform you that...
Your own anxiety & distress of mind, is the best Criterion to judge of ours by—The Inclosed copy of Orders, propositions, Interogatories & Answers, will Inform you of our prospects & Situation. If with the assistance of the Governor & Council, or a Committee from that body, this unhappy business can not be settled, your presence & Influence will be more proper in an Other Quarter than with us....
The most general and unhappy mutiny suddenly took place in the Pennsa Line about 9. OClock last Night—it yet subists—a great proportion of the troops with some Artillery are Marching towards Phila. every exertion has been used by the Officers to Divide them in their Determination to revolt—it has succeeded in a temporary manner with near one half—how long it will last God knows. I have ordered...
The accounts from New York are so complicated & Contradictory that very little Credit is to be given to anything we hear, the present— a late embarkation (for it is yet a moot point) is the fourth alterat ion of Corps & Commanders, within these three Weeks, which Induces me to believe, that they only wish to amuse us by some trifling Manoeuvre, in order to mask the Grand Operation. Upon the...