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The Bearer is kind enough to take Charge of a Packet of Letters brot out by a Flag, all private. Not a Syllable new ’till just now, Some People say a Body of their Troops Horse & Foot march’d last Night. they do not say their Destination. The Flag deliver’d a Message for the Comy of Prisoners desiring in future all Bundles may be directed to the Persons for whom they are intended, & that all...
Hardly any thing has come out to Day. No Passes have been granted from Town. Some Ladies who got out by special Favor say as far as the Accots from the british Officers are to be attended to a Movement will take Place early tomorrow Morning. Some of them say to this Town, others that they do not know the Route. At such a Time I think it my Duty to send your Exy the most minute Circumstances....
I have been so unfortunate as to have a Relapse of a Fever, with which I was confin’d some Time before I set out. This has detain’d me here two Days, however I hope I shall be able to proceed Tomorrow. I am exceedingly concernd to hear of poor Baylor’s Misfortune, as so many of the Men are kill’d & taken, your Excellency may perhaps wish to give some other Directions as to the Cloathing for...
As you are furnished with a Copy of the instructions given to Capt. Stith, you will easily discover my design in ordering him to retire with the remains of the Regiment —but as he appears in every instance to have gone counter to them, & has crossed the Delaware without advising me of it, in that case, I would have you fix on some place in the state of Pennsylvania consistent with the...
I am honoured with yours of the 4th ulto to Our House, now desolved by the death of my worthy friend & partner Mr Hewes—I observe you want to know what freight & charges are on your pipe of wine—I am happy you approve of the manner I sent it & I hope it went to hand Safe, without waste or adulteration—the Owners of the Hancock in which the wine came (one of which I am, and at this time...
Baltimore, May 31, 1789. Acknowledges receipt of a letter from Hamilton enclosing “a Bond from Mrs. Hammond of Baltimore to Thomas & Richard Lee of Leeds bearing date the 20th. Sepr. 1788.” ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Smith was practicing law in Baltimore at the time this letter was written. In 1801, he was appointed Secretary of the Navy by Thomas Jefferson. Letter not found....
Permit me to inform you, that I shall be happy in Obtaining an appointment in the Judicial Department. I am, Sir, with Respect Your Obedient Humble Servt ALS , DLC:GW . Robert Smith (1757–1842) graduated from Princeton in 1781, studied law, and after the war began a successful practice in Baltimore. For GW’s views on appointing Smith to the judiciary, see his letter to Otho H. Williams, 22...
When it became necessary for me to name a successor to Mr. Stoddart, as Secretary of the Navy, my attention was naturally first called to those gentlemen whose line of life led them to an intimacy with ship-building & navigation. the place was therefore proposed to your brother, to mr Langdon & to Capt Jones. they have all declined it. it becomes now necessary to find one in some other line....
I have the honor of acknowleging the receipt of your favor of the 9th in which you were pleased to propose to me the department of the Navy. Sincerely do I lament that you have been constrained to turn your attention to a person whose education and habits have not sufficiently prepared him for the various duties of this Office. Unqualified, however, as I may be at the beginning, I am disposed...
Instead of proceeding to Washington immediately and of returning, as suggested by you, in the Course of a few days for the purpose of adjusting my private affairs, I have determined to postpone my removal until Saturday next. The state of the health of one of my sons irresistiby demands my immediate attention. Under the advice of the Physicians I will tomorrow take him and Mrs. Smith to a...