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I have been honored with your favor of the 10th announcing your resignation of the Chair of Congress and the Election of Mr McKean to that important Station. I flattered myself with the hopes of an opportunity of personally acknowledging the attentions which I received from you during your presidency; but as I find you could not with convenience make a visit to the Army on your way home, I am...
My Health is so much impaired by long Confinement & Application as compels me to retire from Congress. I have the Pleasure to inform your Excellency they have elected his Excellency Thomas McKean Esqr. to be their President. It also gives me much Satisfaction on retiring, to see our public Affairs in many Respects wear a more promising Aspect than heretofore. The Enemy at present in every Part...
Your Excellency will receive enclosed, a Resolve of Congress of the 7th Instant, together with the Extract of a Letter from Governor Greene of the 7th of June which is referred to the Commander in Chief, to take such Order by calling upon the four Eastern States for the Aid of Militia to defend Rhode Island as he shall think necessary. This Reference is made on the Supposition that Governor...
I do myself the honor to inform your Excellency that the Army marched from their Camp near Peekskill on the morning of the 2d without either Tents or Baggage, and reached Valentines Hill about four miles on this side Kings bridge a little after day light the morning following. Genl Lincoln with a detachment of 800 men fell down the North River in Boats, landed near Phillips’s House before day...
Governor Rutledge some Days since set out from this City for South Carolina. The following is an Extract of a Letter received from him dated Monday July 2. on the Road (probably not far from Fredericktown). "I give you Joy of the Taking Augusta & the Forts at Galphins & above Augusta, the Probability that Ninety Six has some Time ago fallen into our Hands." The Post at Galphins is some fifteen...
I have been honored with your Excellency’s Dispatches of the 16th, 21st, 24th, & 28th Ulto. Have herewith enclosed a Resolve of Congress of the 2d Instant passed in Consequence of your Letter of the 24th Ulto, and hope that your Request for a Corps of Rifle Men will be fully complied with by this State. I have the Honor to be with the highest Respect Sir Your most obedient & most humble...
A disagreable report hath prevaild here that the prisoners lately taken at pensacola were to be sent to N. York. I have caused enquiry to be made on this Subject & the best account that can yet be obtaind is from a Mr Syms lately arrivd from the Havannah al so of his Report taken by Mr Lewis of t he Admiralty herewith enclosd I have thou ght proper to transmit to your Excellency. I cannot...
I have been honored with your Excellencys several Letters of the 20th & 21st instant—with their several Enclosures—sir Henry Clinton has indeed refused to make any Exchange of Genl Burgoyne in the Military Line, but upon my Consent to put the Prisoners taken at the Cedars upon a footing of Exchange equal with any other Prisoners of War—I know of nothing at present subsisting between Sir Henry...
Towards effecting the intended Operations of the ensuing Campaign, I had made a Requisition to the State of Pensylvania for a Number of Militia to join the Army under my immediate Comand—but that State having been called upon at the same Time by Congress for a Number of their Militia for the southern service, his Excellency the President has informed me that it will not be in their Power to...
I have the Honor to acknowlege the Receipt of your Excellency’s Favor of the 15th of this Month—with its several Enclosures. By Dispatches from the Count De Rochambeau, dated Providence the 15th instt—I am informed, that he would leave that Place on the 18th with the first Regiment of his Troops—and that the others would follow by Regiments on the next suceedg Days, untill the whole would be...
Your Excellency will receive enclosed, three Acts of Congress. No. 1 of the 16th Instant relative to granting Furloughs & Discharges &c. No. 2 of the 10th containing Regulations for the Department of the Clothier General, also an Order to the Board of War respecting the medical Department and Resolve relative to the Canadians in Col. Hazens Regiment. No. 3 abolishing the Department of...
Your Excellency will receive enclosd, a petition from Genl Bailey & others Inhabitants in the Northern Frontier on Connecticutt river; which is referd to the Commander in Chief. Congress are anxious to obtain the release of the late President Laurens from his Confinement and for that purpose have passd a resolve directing our Minister at Versailles to offer Genl Burgoyne in exchange for him,...
I had the Honor of your Excellencys Favr of the 6th instant, inclosing sundry Petitions, Complaints & Evidence against Colo. Broadhead, having before this received a Number of other Papers respecting Colo. Broadhead’s Conduct—& observing that these Complaints have been exhibited in a very diffuse Manner, & will involve a Variety of Matter; I have written to Mr Fowler, Auditor of Public...
Your Excellency will receive enclosed, several Resolves of congress, viz., one of the 11th Instant & one of the 13th respecting the Officers in the Hospital & Medical Department, sundry Resolves of the 12th respecting the Convention Prisoners, to be halted for the present in Pennsylvania, the Depreciation to be settled in Behalf of Colonel Armands Legion; and earnestly recommending to the...
I have been honored with your Excellency’s favors of the 2nd & 3d Inst. I had upon the former complaints exhibited against Colonel Brodhead; and Mr Duncan the Dep. Qr Mastr Genl at Fort Pitt, directed the proper measures to be taken for calling them to an account, and as the Complainants in the present instance, are principally the same as in the first, they will have an opportunity of...
I have been honored with your Excellencys favors of the 28h May, with their several inclosures. I have written to the board of War on the subject of the removal of the Convention troops, and have given it as my opinion, with my reasons, that they had best, for the present, be halted in Pennsylvania. An exchange of those troops, upon proper terms, would certainly be a desirable thing, but,...
A Resolve of Congress of the 2d Instant relative to the Bills emitted in Pursuance of the Act of the 10th of March 1780 is herewith enclosed for the Information of your Excellency. By sunday Prisoners from Charles Town who are exchanged & just arrived at this Port in a Flag, we have received Information which seems not to admit a Doubt, that Lord Raudon had evacuated Camden and retreated to...
I am requested by the Delegates from Pennsylvania to transmit your Excellency the Papers inclosed, containing Petitions, Complaints &c. against Colonel Broadhead—I have the Honor to be with the highest Respect Your Excellency’s Most obedient & most humble Servant DLC : Papers of George Washington. To his Excellency The President and Supreme executive Council of the State of Pennsylvania. The...
Your Excellency’s Letter of the 24th Ulto hath been duly received, previous thereto Congress had adopted the Resolution of the 31st Ulto, recommending to the States of Pennsylvania Maryland & Delaware respectively to raise and equip a Number of Troops. The more immediate Object Congress had in View from this Resolution (Copy of which is enclosed) was to give speedy Assistance to those Parts of...
By the enclosed Order of Congress of the 29th Ulto, I am directed to lay before your Excellency the Letter of the 9th Ulto signed A. Fowler &c with the other Papers referred to, which are herewith enclosed. Col. Broadhead is now in this City. The Complaints of the Inhabitants in the Vicinity of Pittsburgh respecting his Conduct are very great, and his with Respect to them are not small. It...
I am honored with your Excellency’s favor of the 23d and 24th Insts. I am sorry that you took the trouble to transcribe the Dispatches from General Greene, as I had received them immediately from him. It is to be regretted that so small an accident should have turned the fortune of the day before Campden. The General’s conduct however in the action, and the perseverance with which he pursues...
By the enclosed Resolve your Excellency will be informed that the Convention Troops are to be removed from their present Stations. In Consequence of this Resolve the Board of War have ordered them, the Commissioned Officers to East Windsor in Connecticut, the non commissioned Officers and Privates to Rutland in Massachusetts. Would it not be preferable to have them exchanged if it could be...
Your Excellency will receive herewith enclosed, an Act of Congress of the 25th Instant containing the general Principals to be observed in Promotions in the Line of the Army. This Plan hath been adopted upon mature Deliberation, to be observed as a general Rule in Promotions, as subject to the fewest Objections of any that could be devised (though not altogether free from them) under the...
I do myself the honor to inform Congress that I returned from Weathersfield yesterday Evening. I met only His Excellency the Count de Rochambeau at that place (accompanied by the Chevr de Chartellux). The British Fleet having appeared off Block Island, the Count de Barras did not think it prudent to be absent. In consequence of the measures concerted at the late interview, all the French...
For your Excellency’s Information, I have herewith enclosed several Resolves of the 22d Instant on the Report of the Committee to devise further Ways and Means to carry on the present Campaign &c. I have the Honor to be with the highest Respect Your Excellency’s Most obedient & most humble Servant DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I do myself the Honor of transmitting for your Excellency’s Approbation, the enclosed Copies of Despatches from General Greene, from No. 1 to 6, if the Information hath been already communicated (which is probable) by General Greene, the Trouble of perusing these Papers will be unnecessary, the Expence of transmitting them is inconsiderable. By the latest Accounts from Virginia & North...
Your Excellency will receive inclosed, Copies of four Acts of Congress, viz. one of the 10th Instant with the Memorial of Udney Hay to which it relates; one of the 14th and two of the 15th for your Information. I have the Honor to be with very high Regard Your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble Servant DLC : Papers of George Washington. To the Honourable the Continental Congress of the...
His Excellency the Count de Rochambeau having received dispatches from the Court of France by his Son the Viscount de Rochambeau, who arrived at Boston in the Frigate la Concorde the 6th instant, has requested an interview with me. I have appointed the place of meeting at Weathersfield on Monday next, for which purpose, I shall set out to morrow from hence. I am in hopes we shall be able, from...
I am favored with yours of the 11th Instant covering the Extract of Intelligence received from Colonel Dayton which proves to be premature. Enclosed is the Copy of a Letter this Moment received from a confidential Person giving the latest authentic Intelligence received relative to the Movements of the British Fleet, though a Report prevails that they have since actually sailed, but the Truth...
I have the honor to enclose to your Excellency, the Extract of a Letter from Col. Dayton, which is just received—As this is the first Information , I thought proper to communicate it, altho, from the circumstances of the Wind & Weather at the time the fleet is said to have sailed as well as from the number of Ships of the Line (of which there were not so many at New York,) and strength of the...
I have been honored with your Excellency’s favors of the 26th and 29th ulto with the inclosures to which you refer—They shall be duly attended to. Under cover of the letter of the 26th is one from General Gates to Congress, indorsed by the Secretary "Ordered to be transmitted to the Commander in Chief." without any particular directions respecting the subject of it. Congress have been informed...
I have been honored with your Excellency’s favors of the 20th and 23d ulto. I shall take as early measures as circumstances will admit for having an enquiry into the conduct of Colo. Brodhead and the Deputy Quarter Master at Fort pitt. Mr Fowlers Charges are so very diffuse, that I shall be obliged to call upon him to specify them more particularly, and I apprehend there will then be a...
Your Excellency will receive enclosed, a Letter from Mathias Halsted with several other Papers, representing the Misconduct of John Adam Deputy Commissary of Prisoners, which they have thought proper to refer to the Commander in Chief, that due Enquiry may be made respecting the Transactions of this Office, and the Facts complained of & stated in those Papers. I have also enclosed the Copy of...
Your Excellency will recieve enclosed a Resolve of Congress of the 26th Instant, authorizing the quarter Master General to appoint Col. Champlin of Newport a Barrack Master to the French Army agreeable to the Sentiments expressed in your Letter of the 21st Instant. Also a Resolve of the same Date with the above mentioned, affixing the Pay of Captain Lieutenant of Artillery, and of Lieutenants...
For your Excellency’s Information, I have herewith enclosed a State of the Debts due from the United States, with the necessary Estimates for the current Year as near as they can be ascertained at present; Copies whereof are transmitted to the several States. Also a resolve of the 23d Instant, directing the Board of War to take effectual Measures for the Removal of all public Stores,...
Since my letter of the 14th to your Excellency on the subject of an immediate supply of provision for Fort Pitt, I have received the following intelligence, thro’ a good Channel, which makes the measures I then recommended more indespensably necessary—"Colonel Conolly with his corps to proceed to Quebec as soon as possible, to be joined in Canada by Sir John Johnson with a number of Tories and...
I have been honored with your Excellency’s Letters of the 16th & 18th Instant. Your Excellency will observe by the enclosed Resolve of this Day, that it is the Sense of Congress on receiving the Information contained in your Letter of the 16th of the Proposals you have made respecting the Exchange of General Burgoyne, that you be authorized to proceed in perfecting the Exchange if you shall...
New Windsor [ New York ] April 21, 1781 . Asks Congress to authorize the quarter-master general to appoint Colonel Jabez Champlin a barrack master to be attached to the French army. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
His Excellency the Count De Rochambeau, when I was at Rhode Island, made an application to me to have Colonel Champlin of New port appointed a Barrack Master under Authority of Congress, to be attached to the French Army—His reason was—that a native vested with the authority of our own government might act with more propriety and efficacy than a foreigner, or even a native merely employed by...
I am directed to transmit your Excellency the enclosed Copies of Letters, viz., one from his Excellency President Reed to me, the other from Mr Fowler to President Reed, with the consequent Resolve of Congress of the 19th Instant; directing that effectual Measures be taken to make Enquiry into & correct the Abuses therein mentioned and for bringing the Offenders to condign Punishment. This Mr...
New Windsor [ New York ] April 16–19 , 1781 . Describes steps taken in regard to General John Burgoyne’s parole. Sends report of British embarkations for Delaware. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. The postscript of this letter is dated April 19.
New Windsor [ New York ] April 18–19 , 1781 . Discusses prospects of supplies for Army. Df , in writings of Tench Tilghman and H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. The postscript of this letter is dated April 19.
Our present prospects of supplies in the Article of Bread are peculiarly bad. From all the information I can collect, the whole quantity of Flour we shall be able to command in the States of Jersey and New York will not carrry us beyond the beginning of the next Month. These States having been for some time past the immediate Theatre of the War, are so full of Certificates, and coersion both...
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Your Excellency’s letters of the 4th and 5th instant, with the papers inclosed. The last did not arrive ’till the 14th. Previous to the receipt of it, I had directed the Commissary of Prisoners to renew a proposal some time since made the enemy for exchanging General Burgoigne, and a ballance of private prisoners due to us, against the residue of...
By advices just received from Col. Brodhead, dated at Fort Pitt the 10th Ulto I am informed there are strong indications from several quarters, that Hostilities will be committed pretty extensively on the frontiers by the Savages, at the Opening of the Campaign—that the Troops under his command are very much distressed for want of Provisions, that they have been at half allowance of meat ever...
Your Excellency’s Letters of the 24th & 31st Ulto the 3d & 4th Instant, with the Despatches to which they refer have been received. You will observe by the enclosed Resolve it is the Pleasure of Congress that you employ an additional confidential Secretary, and as many Writers as you shall judge proper to arrange & register the public Letters &c.; and assign them such Salaries as you shall...
Your Excellency will receive enclosed, a resolve of Congress of the 13th Instant, relative to the Mode adopted to pay the new Levies, recommending it to the several States to make Payment. And also directing the future Application of Claimants for Settlement of Accounts, for Payment of liquidated Accounts, for Rank, Discharges, Losses &c., or for resignation. The former Part of this resolve...
I have been honored with your Excellencys letter of the 7th inclosing the copy of a peice of intelligence communicated by General Forman. I have yet heard nothing of the kind from New York, but still I cannot undertake to contradict it altogether. I do not however think it probable that a detachment, so large as one ought to be to merit the attention of Sir Henry Clinton himself, can be spared...
I beg leave to introduce to your Excellency Colonel Menonville, Deputy Adjutant General to the French Army. This Gentleman, who is charged by his Excellency the Count de Rochambeau with matters respecting a contract entered into by Doctr Franklin, in behalf of the United States, for the supply of a quantity of Provision, will, through your Excellency, lay his business generally before...
The inclosed Return, made up to the first of this month, will shew the number of Recruits which have joined this part of the Continental Army, since the formation of it upon the new establishment. My requests to the Executives of the several States have been earnest , and my orders to the Officers in them have been pointed and positive to send forward the Recruits as fast as possible. What to...