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You are to repair to Fort Montgomery, and take upon you the Commd of the Posts in the Highlands. use every means in your power to provide your Regiment with Arms fit for Service—one step towards which, endeavour to Imploy an Armourer or two, or more, as the case may require. Use every possible diligence in forwarding the Works at Forts Montgomery & Constitution, agreeable to late direction’s...
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 According to Your Directions Saught for an Armourer and found one who I have sent Down to Buy some Tools if it meets with your Excellencies Approbation he asks if he finds his own Tools 10s. pr Day and for an Apprentice Lad that works with him 4s. pr Day we have also in this Garrison four men in one of the Companies of my Regt who worke at the same Trade and wish to be Employed as Coll...
I have Just now Received you[r] Letter by Express with the Warrant therein Inclosed which I will Endeavour to Execute with the Greatest Care Expedition and Exactness that I Possibly Can[.] after it is Done I will Bring him and his Papers to this Fort where I ⟨shall⟩ keep him Prisoner till I Receive Your Excellencies further Directions, I wrote to Your Excellency Yesterday by Coll Livingston...
Yours of the 20th & 22d Inst. are both safe to hand, the person you was to seize by warrant, you are Immediately to send with the papers on to this place in charge of an Officer you can confide in, in this no time is to be lost, It is out of my power to assist you in procureing Arms, must therefore urge you to make application to the Convention Committees &c. who I hope will supply you, your...
I received yours of the 20 Instt and in answer thereto request you to draw out of your Regiment all the Armourers in It and set them immediately to work—they will receive the same pay as the Armourers here do under the like circumstances—you must endeavour to engage the one you mention on the same Terms that are given here, but If you can not do better, you will continue him on those contained...
The Warrant you Sent me Against Fletcher Mathews Esqr. I Executed Agreble to Your Excellencys Directions and After Bringing him to New Windsor with all his Papers in Order to Send him to New York Agreable to Your Instructions of the 23d Inst. (by Express) I Received the Inclosed Order from Congress Countermanding the Warrant I had Against the Said Fletcher and Although your Letter is of a...
Since I wrote to You I Rece[ive]d the within Letter but I think it Necessary to have Your Orders before I Comply with the within Request I hear the Committees have taken Coll Cadwallader Colden on Suspicion of being an Enemy to the Liberties of America but what they will Do with him I Cannot tell Lawer Cranney who has Left Poug[h]keepsie some time ago and has been Advertised there is Likewise...
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...
The Committee inform Me that no Evidence has appeared against Fletcher Mathews, and desire his papers may be delivered to him, which I would have you comply with, likewise the request of the Committee of Newburgh and New Windsor. I have to inform you of the Arrival of about 50 Sail this day at the Hook, this is part of a fleet of 130 which left Halifax under General Howe the 9th Inst.—would...
I have Just now Purchased from Capt. Peter Vredenburgh Nine hundred good Inch white pine Boards and fifty Pitch Pine Plank for the Use of this and Fort Montgomery to Answer the purpose of Tents Agreable to Your Directions of the 25th of June Last I have given him a Receipt for the same and Agreed he Shall Receive on his Arrival in New York the Market price they now Sell for. I hope Lieut....
The Articles Sent by Capt. Palmer for the Use of Fort Montgomery & this place I have Recd with both Your Letters and Agreable to Directions Sent an Officer to Look for Mrs Thompson who Soon found her She is verye willing to go Down and You may Expect her the first Opportunity. We are makeing all the Preparations we Possibly Can to give our Enemy a Proper Reception in Case they Should Attempt...
I received yours by Major Ranselear, and am pleased to find you are makeing the necessary preparations to repel the Enemy in Case of an Attack—I hope you will be able to get Arms sufficient for the Men under your Command who are destitute, but if not you are to dismiss all those whom you cannot equip, (I mean to confine myself to the Militia wholly) as it is equally absurd and unjust, to keep...
Your Express of the 12th I just now Received and will Endeavour to Comply with the Contents. We had a most Unfortunate Accident Happend here Yesterday Afternoon, as Lieut. Bryant and one Nicoll both of the Artillery was Scaleing out a Couple of Cannon which we had Just Mounted before having flashed a Little Powder out of one of them, and not Spungeing Her properly, when the Lieut. was putting...
Agreable to Your Orders of the 12th Instant I Dispatched an Express to Albany by Land by the way of Esopus and Another to Poughkeepsie to Employ the Ship Carpenters in makeing fire Rafts an Answer to which I Send you with my Return The same Day I Received Your Letter my Brother Came with a Reinforcement of the Millitia and many of them has Come in Yesterday and to Day as for further...
Your favour of the 13th Inst. was duly Received, The steps you have taken appear to me extreamly proper and that there may be no discouragement in the purchase of Arms of which we stand in great need, I have by the bearer sent you the £300. you request, You will please to keep a particular Account of the Disburstment in order that it may be bro’t into its proper place of Settlement at a future...
The Bearer Lieut. Machine I have sent to Act as an Engineer in the Posts under your Command, and at such other places as may be tho’t necessary, he is an ingenious Man, and has given great Sattisfaction as an Engineer, at Boston from which he is just returned—I have Received from the Secret Committee a representation of your want of Metrosses which can be supplied in no other way, but by...
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 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...
Inclosed I Send you A Return of the Number of men at Each of the Fortifications in the Highlands And A Return of the Artillery Stores and Ordinance at Each place. we are at Present Buissily Employed in Fortifying the Post on the South Side of the Pouplops Kill we have four twelve Pounders Mounted there and Expects Soon to have More we are Likewise Employed in Building three Barracks Viz. one...
Yours of the 8th of this Inst. I just Receiv’d and am Glad to hear your Excellency has Ordered a Reinforcement of Six hundred men which I hope will be Sufficient and are as Many as we Can find Barrack room for if the three Barracks were finish’d that I have Order’d to be built. I hope the Quarter Master General can supply me with the Nails—Agreeable to an Order sent him, and if not already...
I have before me your two Letters of the 8th and 10th Inst. the first inclosing Returns of the Number of Men and Ordnance and Artillery Stores at Forts Montgomery and Constitution; the last, Copies of two Letters from the Convention of the State of New York, by which it appears they had ordered in 600 Militia as a Reinforcement to the two posts, and which I hope will put them in a proper State...
Inclos’d you have a Copy of a Letter and a Deposition sent to Me By the Chairman of the Committee of New-Windsor[.] the Prisoners Mention’d in the Deposition are both Confined in the Guard-House at fort Constitution And their Butter put in the Commissary’s Store & I have ordered an Exact account of the Quantity of Butter taken to be sent to me, But I have not yet receiv’d it. I Understand...
Your Lettr of the 1st Inst. enclosing one from the Committee of New Windsor and a Deposition against Mr Conner is duly Received, they say the Butter was intended for this Army I would therefore advise its being immediately sent to Colo. Trumbull Commissary General who will pay the Current Price, this Step cannot but be agreeable to Mr Conner if he is Innocent of the Charge if otherways will be...
General Schuyler having requested me in the most pressing manner, to send him a General Officer to assist in the command in the Northern department, you will, as soon as possible, after the receipt of this, repair to Albany and take his commands. As the situation of our Affairs in that Quarter, may demand your immediate aid, I should hope you will not delay going a moment longer than you can...
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,...
White Plains [ New York ] July 31, 1778 . Instructs Clinton to move to Kings Bridge in order to gain information about unfriendly inhabitants in area and to protect surveyors while they reconnoitre. Df , in writings of George Washington and H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
With the Detachment under your command, which is to comprehend the Corps now advanced with Colo. Morgan, you are to move towards Kings Bridge & the Enemys lines thereabouts. The principal objects in view are, to cover the Engineers & Surveyors, while they reconnoitre & as far as time will permit, survey the Ground & roads in your rear, & in front of this Camp—to countenance and encourage that...
[ Fredericksburg, New York, October 17, 1778 .] States that Colonel Goose Van Schaick is to relieve Colonel Peter Gansevoort and that Colonel Philip Van Cortlandt is to make an expedition to the frontier. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
I have determined to send Col. Van Schaicks regiment to Fort Schuyler to relieve Col. Ganseworth. You will signify this to Col. Van Schaick that he may be preparing for it—So soon as the cloathing, expected in camp, arrives, he shall have an order for a competent supply and will then proceed. He can mention the matter to Col. Hay, who will be looking forward to a provision of vessels to convey...
Enclosed I send your Excellency the Proceedings of a Brigade Court martial, held by Order of Coll V. Scoick, by which the Prisoner is condemned to die—and wait your Confirmation of the Sentence to have it put in Execution. It may not be improper also to inform your Excellency, that as Col. V. Scoick’s Regiment is now under marching Orders to the Northward, he wou’d wish to proceed as soon as...
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 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...
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...
I request that you will, as soon as possible after receipt of this, proceed with the remainder of your Brigade to Albany. You will carry all your baggage and Artillery. If Colo. Hay the Qr Mr can furnish Vessels for transporting the Troops, without breaking in upon those that will be necessary for crossing such part of our Army as will soon go to Jersey—and the Convention Troops now on their...
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)...
Letter not found: from James Clinton, 20 Nov. 1778. On 31 Dec., GW informed Clinton that his letter of 20 Nov. “never came to hand.”
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....
Upon the receipt of Your Excellency’s Letter of the 16th I marched the two Regiments with the Artillery of my Brigade to Fishkill, where I received your second Letter of the 20th requesting me immediately to proceed to Albany —After giving the necessary Orders for the embarcation of the Troops, I set forward, & arrived at this Place the 25th Instant. On my Arrival I found that Genl Hand had...
Letter not found: from James Clinton, 5 Dec. 1778. On 31 Dec., GW wrote Clinton : “I have been favoured with Your Letter of the 5th Inst.”
Enclosed I send Your Excellency a return of the Troops in this Department, by which, you will see the Disposition which I have made of them on the Frontiers, for the present, untill I receive your Excellency Sentiments thereon. I am sorry to inform your Excellency that the Small Pox hath made its appearance among us. by a Letter from Coll regnier I am informed that the Inhabitants of...
Inclosed is a letter to Major Posey, which I must request you will forward to him. It is unsealed, & you will find that I have directed him to repair to this place, & join his Regt where his services are much wanted. As withdrawing the Major from the Corps may render it less serviceable than it has been, I could wish you if its services can be dispensed with, to order the detachments that...
I had the Honour of receiving a Letter from the Board of War dated the 4th of December, requesting me to take proper Steps for the Mustering & paying the Corps commanded by Major Whitcomb, which had been done previous to the receipt of the Letter—It also mentions the inclosing an Order on the Clothier Genl at Spring field, to have them supply’d with Cloathing, but thro’ mistake it hath been...
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...
By a Letter received last week from the Commanding Officer at Fort Schuyler, I am informed that a certain William Johnston an Indian of the Six nations had been at the Oneida Castle endeavouring to persuade that friendly Tribe to forsake our Interest, and join them—An Officer and party were immediately dispatched to apprehend him; but they returned the next day unsuccesfull—he having fled...
In my Last of the 2d Instant I Informed Your Excellency that the Six Nations had Sent A Message to the Oneidas Requesting them to forsake the Intrest of the United States and Join the Confederacy I Inclosed the Coppy of their Invitation and the Oneidas Answer. Since which time Another Letter hath Arrived from the Commanding officer in that Quarter which Mentions that the Oneidas had Received A...
Your’s of the 20th December came to hand after an Interval of twenty days. Immediately on the receipt of it I dispatched a Messenger to Major Posey, with your Excellency’s Letter, requesting him to repair to Head Quarters without Loss of time. As to his Corps, tho’ I am equally desirous with you that they shoud join their Corps as they are composed of different Regiments & very ill...
I have recd your favs. of the 18th and 28th Decemr and 2d instant with their inclosures. I approve of your innoculating the Soldiers of your Brigade upon the first appearance of the small pox among them, and I would not have you confine that salutary operation to them alone, but carry it thro’ any of the other Corps which may not have had the disorder. When I return to Camp I shall direct that...
I have received your favors of the 9th and 13th insts.—In my last of the 19th I informed you that it was the desire of Congress that a fort might be built for the Oneidas if they requested it—and I am therefore glad that you have ordered that work to be executed—I also at that time inclosed an order upon the Commissary of Military Stores at Springfield for what amunition you might think...
On the 19th Instant I was honoured with your Favour of the 31st of December. I am happy to hear the Impediments which suspended Genl Schuy[l]er from Command are removed with so much honour to that worthy Officer, and I am anxious for his resuming it, as I shall always think myself happy in being Commanded by a Man of such distinguished Abilities. I hav just received a Letter from the...