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I have the honor by this morning’s Post, to acknowledge the receipt of your Excellency’s dispatches of the 25th Ulto which have been presented to me by General Lincoln. The several objects to which they extend, will have my consideration, and I shall do myself the honor of informing Congress of the result. Since the Enemy left Jersey, their main body has proceeded into the County of West...
The inclosed memorial of Colo. Hazen was this day put into my hands. Many of the matters mentioned in it are better known to Congress than to myself. The whole are so fully stated as to speak for themselves and require only the determination of Congress. The case of the Canadian Officers and Soldiers I know to be peculiarly distressing and truly intitled to redress, if the means are to be...
Having received accounts, that Sir Henry Clinton had embarked the principal part of his force for Rhode Island, I put the army in motion the 29th of July and the 31st formed a junction in the vicinity of this place with the troops in the quarter. Had Sir Henry prosecuted what appeared to be his design, my intention was to attempt New York in his absence. Our preparations were made for this...
The day before yesterday we compleated the Forage of which I had the honor to advise Congress the 24th instant, the product of which has been, as was apprehended, very inconsiderable. The Army is now reassembled at this place and will remain here a day or two to consume the forage remaining in the neighbourhood, after which we shall probably return to our former position. The intelligence...
I have duly received your Excellencys dispatches of the 6th and 9th of April. The Maryland division marched this morning—with the first regiment of Artillery and eight field pieces besides those attached to the Brigades which will be useful at any rate essential if an accident should happen to Charles Town—The want of Waggons has unavoidably retarded the march of the Troops till this time. I...
I have the honor to transmit your Excellency a letter inclosed to me by Lt Col. Fleury which he informs me is to solicit from Congress a prolongation of his furlough—I have no doubt they will chearfully grant this indulgence to an officer whose services intitle him to every mark of consideration and I beg leave to add that their compliance will give me the greatest pleasure. I presume an...
I have the honor to introduce to Your Excellency The Chevalier De Chatellux Major General in the French army. I was happy in the opportunity which his journey this way afforded me, of making the acquaintance of a Gentleman as eminent in the literary world as distinguished for military merit and for the social qualities. The personal knowlege I have acquired of him, confirms me in the...
Inclosed your Excellency will be pleased to receive a letter from the Baron De Frey of Pulaskis Regiment soliciting a furlough for France. He will explain his situation and motives and Congress will judge of the propriety of a compliance. I have the honor to be Most respectfully Your Excellency’s Obedient servant LS , in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DNA:PCC , item 152; copy, DNA:PCC , item...
I have the honor to inclose the Report of the proceedings of the Commissioners appointed to meet at Amboy the 9th instant, for the purpose of settling a General Cartel, by which, Congress will perceive that the present attempt has been as unsuccessful as all the former, and from the same cause. In January, I was honored with a letter from the Minister of France, informing me of his having...
Morristown [ New Jersey ] January 26, 1780 . Recommends appointment of Captain Daniel Nevin Nevins to Corps of Engineers. Inquires about commissions for officers of Sappers and Miners who will be very much needed in the next campaign. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
I have received some late advices from New York that speak of a large number of transports and other vessels which are getting ready to sail, and of a second embarkation of troops destined to the South. It is added that Rodney with a part of his fleet is preparing to sail to the West-Indies—that he is to detach two ships of the line, the Sandwich and Terrible to convoy a homeward bound...
I have the honor to introduce to your acquaintance the Count de Damas, a Capt. in the guards of the King of France and Aide De Camp to the Count De Rochambeau. He is a Gentleman of the first distinction in his country, and to great personal merit adds a warm zeal for the service of America, which cannot fail to recommend him to your Excellency’s particular esteem and attentions—I have the...
I have the honor to inform Congress, that I have received a letter, from a confidential correspondent in New York, dated the 27th of November, containing the following Paragraph “The Men of War at the Hook have taken in water for several months, and, on friday, the Admiral went down with all his Baggage. A fleet for Cork and a number of Vessels for England will sail in a few days, some of...
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...
I take the liberty to sollicit the attention of Congress to a matter, which very materially affects Colo. Bland, late commanding Officer at Charlotteville in Virginia. I am informed that this Gentleman, while in command, drew, from the Commissary, necessaries for his Table, upon a supposition that an allowance of that nature would be made, in consideration of his being obliged to live in a...
In the letter which I did myself the honor of writing to you yesterday (respecting the Cloths taken in the Quebec Fleet) I forget to mention, tho’ it was fully my intention to have done it, that the Cargo’s of those Vessels consisted in part of Salted Beef & Porke, the securing of which (if good) would be of infinite advantage to the Army in any operation—or for the Garrison at West point if...
Peekskill [ New York ] August 3, 1780 . Informs Congress that Sir Henry Clinton has returned. Describes resultant movements of Army. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
I have been honored with Your Excellency’s favors of the 19th 23d and 26th Instants. The intelligence from the southward is most agreeable and important, and may, in its consequences, give a happy change to the face of Affairs in that quarter. In regard to the application made by Colo. de Buysson to Congress, and which they have been pleased to refer to me, I beg leave to lay before them a...
This will be presented to your Excellency by Captain Hendricks Solomon of Stockbridge who with about Twenty of his Tribe have been serving as Volunteers with the army since the beginning of July—They have been generally attached to the Light Infantry and have conducted themselves with great propriety and fidelity—seeing no immediate prospect of any operations in this quarter in which they can...
On monday night I had the Honor to receive Your Excellency’s dispatches of the 10th —I shall in compliance with the direction of Congress, take the earliest occasion that circumstances will allow, to transmit the States the Returns required. I think it my duty however to inform Congress, that from the remote and dispersed situation of many Corps not originally raised as part of the State...
I have the honor to transmit Your Excellency the Copy of the Letter (No. 1) I wrote to Sr Henry Clinton on the 6th Instant with respect to the Citizens of South Carolina, said to be confined on board a Ship of War—of his Answer of the 9th (No. 2) and of my Letter to him of this date (No. 3), with a Copy of the Letter from Lord Cornwallis & Lord Rawden to which it refers. This Letter from Lord...
The bearer of this The Reverend Mr De La Motte represents to me that he has been employed by order of Congress as Missionary to the Indian tribes in the Eastern department, from which trust he is now returning —On conversing with him he has exprested a willingness to go into Canada as a secret emissary. He appears to be not unintelligent, and if there is good reason to depend on his fidelity,...
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...
Since I had the honor of addressing Congress this morning by post, I received a Letter from Brigadier General Maxwell, requesting me to accept his resignation and assigning his reasons for the same. Having never acted on an application of this sort from an Officer of his rank, I beg leave to lay the matter before Congress & to transmit them a Copy of his Letter, by which they will be more...
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 lay before your Excellency the inclosed papers relative to the state of our supplies of meat; and a letter from the commissary general of musters, on the subject of a further subsistence for the officers of his department. I thought it necessary to make these communications, and have the honor to be with the greatest respect, Sir, Your Excellency’s most obt servt P.S. I...
I do myself the honor of transmitting to Congress the Copy of a letter which I recd yesterday from Governor Clinton. I have agreeable to his request directed the Massachusetts Militia to rendezvous at Albany instead of Claverack, not for the purpose of making use of them against the Indians should the incursion prove serious, but to give the appearance of an immediate collection of force in...
I am sorry to inform Congress that I am again under great apprehensions on the score of our provision supplies. There is not now in camp and within it’s vicinity, more meal & Grain than will furnish the Troops with Five days bread, notwithstanding the exertions that have been made to lay in a supply; and I fear from the badness of the Roads and the difficulty of procuring Teams, that it will...
By advices received last night from the Count de Rochambeau, I am informed that the British Fleet were off Block Island on the 22d instant. I have at his request transmitted this intelligence to the Minister of France—I have also recd intelligence from New York that a number of troops were embarked on Board Transports in the Sound— It is given out that Sir Henry Clinton is determined upon...
I have the honor to request you will lay before Congress the inclosed memorial, handed to me by the Marquis De la Fayette; one from the Canadian families which have taken refuge from Albany complaining that they have not for some time past received the provisions allowed them by Congress—Another from a Captn Traversy containing a demand for money due while employed by Major General Gates for...
Major General Baron de Steuben, who goes to philadelphia on business, will do me the honor of presenting this Letter to your Excellency. From this Gentleman’s perfect knowledge of service in general and of the state of our Army in particular, he has it entirely in his power to satisfy Congress in any inquiries they may think proper to make, with respect to it’s situation necessities and wants....
I beg leave to acquaint Congress that I have been informed by a letter from Governor Jefferson to their Committee in Camp, lately received, that the Legislature of Virginia had a Bill before them, when His Excellency wrote, for raising Five Thousand Men for Eighteen months to supply their Battallions; and that by a Letter, with which he was pleased to honor me at the same time, he requested...
In my Letter of the 4th Ulto, which I had the honor of addressing Congress—I informed them of the measures I had adopted for a cooperation with His Excellency the Count D’Estaing, in consequence of their Act and Favor of the 26 & 27 of the preceding month. Besides the measures which I then mentioned, several Others which appeared to me essential for the occasion—and which would be naturally...
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...
Since I had the honor of addressing you on the 20th ulto I have seen Lt Colonel Washington of Baylors Light Dragoons, who gives me a more favorable report of the times of service of that Regiment than was represented by one of his Officers. He informs me, that including Capt. Stiths Troop already on its march to the Southward he will be able to carry forward about 125 Men, none of whose times...
I beg leave to inform Your Excellency, that on Tuesday night the Enemy landed at Elizabeth Town point, with the principal part of their force, under the command of General Knyphausen—and proceeded the next morning into the Country till they were within half a mile of Springfield. In their march they were most spiritedly opposed by the Jersey Troops which formed the advanced Corps of the Army,...
I have been duly honored with your Excellys letters of the 3d 5th & 7th instt with their Inclosures. I have a grateful sense of the confidence of which these Acts are expressive, and shall labour to improve it to the utmost extent of the means with which I am entrusted. I sincerely wish our prospects were more favourable than they are. The inclosed copy of a letter to the Honorable the...
The unhappy Mutiny of the Non Comd & Privates of the Pensylvania line—the perplexed state of Affairs in this quarter—the distressed condition of the Troops at West Point and in the vicinity of it, on acct of Provision & some essential articles of cloathing—combined with other embarrassments of less importance, have engrossed my whole time and attention; and must be offered as an apology for...
I have the Honor to acknowledge the receipt of Your Excellency’s Favours of the 14th & 19th Instant; the letter covering the latest accounts You had received from the Southward. I have just received authentic advice from the Enemy, by which their whole army under Clinton was said to be at James Island the 4th of this month and about to take possession of Stone-ferry. The account comes from Sir...
Since the letter which I did myself the honor to write Congress the 20th Ulto I have been more attentively considering the import of the resolution of the 5th of August, and am at a loss to satisfy myself as to its precise extent—whether it be meant to authorise me to extend my views beyond the present Campaign and even to apply to the Ministers of France & Spain in Europe—or only to concert...
West Point, October 1, 1779. Recommends that Congress grant Major Noirmont a furlough. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. On September 27, 1779, John Jay, President of Congress, was chosen Minister to Spain. The following day Samuel Huntington, delegate from Connecticut, was chosen as his successor.
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...
Preakness [ New Jersey ] November 25 [ –26 ] 1780 . Will furnish the return of the officers of engineering department after Brigadier General Louis Le Bèque Du Portail arrives. Advocates increase in compensation for officers in the inspectorship. Recommends Simeon DeWitt as the successor to Robert Erskine as geographer of the Army. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of...
Whippany [ New Jersey ] June 25, 1780 . Describes movements of the two Armies. States doubt concerning enemy’s objective, but believes that it is probably West Point. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
In the present situation of Southern affairs much will no doubt depend on the having an able Engineer in that Quarter. I have a very good opinion of the Gentleman now there in this line, but the confidence I have in General Du Portails abilities makes me think his presence would be of the greatest utility. Though we may sensibly feel the want of him here should any active operation commence;...
I have taken the liberty to inclose, for the consideration of Congress, the Memorial of Colo. Hazen in behalf of Capt. Joseph Louis Gill Chief of the Abenecke or St Francois Tribe of Indians. The fidelity and good services of this Chief, and those of his Tribe, are fully set forth in the Memorial. I have taken upon me to order the subsistence of them till the further pleasure of Congress be...
I have been honoured with Your Excellency’s Favor of the 7th and am much obliged by the transmission of the Letter from Major General Lincoln—and for Major Lane’s state of the prisoners at the Southward. The General is not precise in his information on this subject, as to the number or rank of Our Officers still in captivity, but from what he says, I conclude it is nearly as Major Lane has...
I do myself the honor of returning your Excellency a letter addressed to President Reed which came under your last cover to me. I imagine your secretary has inadvertently, in making up his dispatches, inclosed my letter to the president of Pennsylvania, as he did that for him to me. I have the honor to be &c. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I have the honor to inform Congress that I arrived here yesterday about 12 o’clock on my return from Hartford. Some hours previous to my arrival Major Genl Arnold went from his quarters which were at this place, and as it was supposed over the river to the garrison at West-point, whither I proceeded myself in order to visit the post. I found General Arnold had not been there during the day,...
I have the honor to inclose the Report of the proceedings of the Commissioners appointed to meet at Amboy the 9th instant, for the purpose of settling a General Cartel, by which, Congress will perceive that the present attempt has been as unsuccessful as all the former, and from the same cause. In January, I was honored with a letter from the Minister of France, informing me of his having...