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I rejoice with you my dear friend and General, with glorious issue of your warfare how rich must be your sensations at this moment! May the God long continue you to see the progression of peace and happiness which has been obtained under your auspices. happy day for America! I am my dear General with the greatest warmth & sincerity Your affectionate MHi : Henry Knox Papers.
Notwithstanding the agreeable view of affairs transmitted by Governor Blount I have the mortification of submitting to you a letter of more recent date of quite a contrary complexion which I presume is authentic. I have the honor to be with perfect respect Your obed. Servant LS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . The enclosed letter has not been identified.
I have the honor to enclose to your Excellency the last weekly returns of the troops. Since my last, I appointed a board to inspect the decrepid and infirm who were incapable of duty, which have reported sixty one to be discharged as unfit for service, one of them with a pension. I shall accordingly discharge them which I hope will have your Excellency’s approbation. We are busy in withdrawing...
I should have been at Head quarters this morning agreably to Your Excellencys request by Major Shaw, but there is so much ice in the river as to prevent all passing by water. If the State of the river will admit tomorrow I shall wait on your Excellcy I beleive no person, will go from West point in consequence of the extraordinary notification and address forwarded by Colonl Crane. I am my dear...
Enclosed is a letter from Colonel Sprout of this day containing information of the extraordinary conduct of a Mr Honniwell. If upon an enquiry the facts should appear as stated to Colonel Sprouts, The justice and dignity of America are deeply concerned that such an atrocious violation of the Laws of nations, should be punished with exemplary vigor. I have the honor to be with great respect...
I have no objection to Captain Wools resignation. DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File. The Bearer Capt. Isaiah Wool, having a desire to resign his commission, as it appears he is not indebted to the public; has no objection to it if you think proper to recommend him. I am Sir with Esteem Your Huml Servt
Letter not found: from Henry Knox, 11 Aug. 1792. On 15 Aug., GW wrote Knox that “This morning your Letter of the 11th came to hand.”
since my arrival at this place which was on the 7th instant I have had the honor to receive your favor of the 25th ultimo. I propose to set out on my return on Monday the 21st, and hope to be in the vicinity of the sorely afflicted city of Philadelphia on the or before the 1st of November. I have the honor to be sir with the most perfect respect and attachment Your Most obedient humble Servant...
War Department, Philadelphia, 29 Dec. 1791. Has the honor to submit letters of 19 and 21 October from Major General St. Clair received this day by the Fort Pitt post. LS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . Arthur St. Clair’s letters to Henry Knox of 19 and 21 Oct. 1791 have not been found.
Enclosed is a state of the case of a Mr Corney. Gen. McDougall speaks well of him, as a person of honor, although opposed to us. It appears to me that this place is rather improper for him, except he is to be kept for a long time. I beg your Excellency’s immediate directions concerning it . I am, with great respect, Your Excellency’s most obedt servt DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I have the honor to submit the enclosed letter from James Seagrove dated 27th April and also a letter from Constant Freeman dated 29th of the same Month. I have the honor to be with perfect respect Your obed. Servant LS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . These enclosures, which GW returned to Knox on 23 May, have not been identified ( JPP Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the...
The officer of Artillery stationed at Kings ferry has informed me that the night before last, one side of the redoubt at Verplanks point, gave way, and was entirely levelled with the ground, being the effects of the violent storm. As it is not under my orders I have not done any thing concerning it. Major Villefranche is too busy here to be able to attend to its repair. I have the honor to be...
Letter not found: from Henry Knox, 4 April 1784. On 12 April Knox wrote to GW : “I wrote your Excellency on the 4th of this month.”
Lieut. Colonel Johnson of Colonel Swift’s regiment is very sollicitous to have leave of absence for twelve or fourteen days. His family is large, and are in distress upon account of the short crops of grain in the vicinity of their . Major Smith is with the regiment. If your Excllcy should find it proper to grant him this indulgence it would releive the anxiety of a deserving officer. I have...
I have the honor to enclose the weekly returns, and a slate of the periods at which the enlistments of the Rhode Island Companies will expire. If those Companies should be necessary at their present station, they must be replaced either in the winter or very early in the Spring. I have the honor to be with the highest respect your Excellencys most obedient servt DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I have the honor to submit a letter from Governor Blount dated 10th March 1794. with the enclosures. I have the honor to be with perfect respect Your obedient servant LS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . The 10 March letter to Knox from William Blount, the governor of the Southwest Territory, and its enclosures have not been identified. GW returned these documents to Knox on 4 April ( JPP Dorothy...
I have the honor to transmit to you, a letter from Governor Telfair of the 20th of July, containing enclosures relative to the murder of a Creek Indian. The measures which he has taken to discover the murderer and his abettor and bring them to punishment, seem to be satisfactory and to preclude the necessity of any thing further being done on the part of the general government. As to the...
The house of Representatives want Yet four members and the Senate two. The first will not be formed until Monday, and the senate probably not untill Wednesday next the first of April. Colo. Hanson of Alexandria is so good as to take charge of the cloth sent you from the Hartford manufactory, and also of some federal buttons manufactored in this City, both of which will I hope safely reach you....
I have the honor to submit to you, the pleasing information of a treaty with the Wabash indians; and which appears to have been a general one. After you shall have perused them, they shall be copied, to be laid before the two houses. Mr Bradshaw says, there were upwards of seven hundred indians present —He came by the way of Kentucky, and says that he understood that about twenty people had...
Mr Ruddock, Deputy Commissary of Military Stores, at Fishkill, has handed me an order from the board of war, for discontinuing the post at Fishkill, so far as it relates to the department of the Commissary General of Military Stores, dismissing the said Mr Ruddock and all the Officers under him, and ordering all the military stores in his possession to be delivered to the D.Q. Master of the...
My last to you was of the 1st instant since which I have received your favor of the 25 Jany. You will probably have received mine long before this time of the 14th ultimo which will satisfy you that I received duly your favor of the 26th December. I now enclose you (in confidence) three Copies of letters written by our friend Lincoln to Govr Bowdoin which will shew you in a more connectd State...
I propose to send a duplicate of McGillivrays letter to Seagrove, and conform his instructions thereto. I submit you a motions of Colo. Guns. The division to day was 15 for inserting the additional regiments to 13 against it. Colo. Burr, voted for it under some restrictions. The bill is recommitted to Mr Elsworth Mr Read[,] Hawkins, Mr Burr, and Mr Gun. The object of the amendment is not...
I think it necessary to inform your Excellency that there is a general uneasiness among the New-Commissioned officers of the Connecticut Line grounded principally upon the inequality of the rewards to the officers and Soldiers. They say the rewards ought to be in a strict proportion, and if the officers receive five years pay as a reward for services the same rule ought to extend to them,...
I beg leave to submit to your view a loose sketch of the general ideas which have occurred to me on the subject of instructions to the Commission[er]s. If any part of them should meet your approbation, they could, together with such additions as you may judge proper be drawn up in form. I will wait on you tomorrow to receive your further orders on this subject. I am Sir respectfully and...
I have the honor to submit to you a letter from the Governor of Georgia dated the 5 instant with the deposition of Owen Bowen relatively to the murder of eight white persons. I have the honor to be with the highest respect Your most obed. servant LS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . On 24 Dec. 1792 Bartholomew Dandridge, at GW’s direction, wrote John Stagg, Jr., chief clerk of the War Department, that...
I thank you for your favor of the second instant which I received by the last post. The extreme badness of the roads is given as the reason that the number of members necessary to form a quorum of both houses are not yet assembled. Mr Patterson of the Senate, and Mr Griffin and Mr Moore of the representatives are the only additional since my last —The number therefore at present nine senators...
presuming that you will not set out from Philadelphia untill Monday the 17th I write you a line to congratulate you on the termination of your arduous business & to wish you a happy sight of Mrs Washington and your family. In every event respecting the reception of the propositions of the convention you will enjoy the high satisfaction of having performed every thing that could possibly be...
I have seen your Excellencys favor of this date directed to General McDougall, and myself. For my own part I can have no objections to any service your Excellency shall think proper to employ me in, and I know of nothing to prevent my being in readiness to meet the Gentlemen from the Enemy, by the 16th or 18th instant. There will be some arrangements necessary on our side with respect to the...
I have the honor to submit to your consideration the copy of a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury enclosing a letter from Mr Habersham Collector of Savannah in Georgia, and an Agent for the Treasury department in that State, relatively to the supply of Rations there on account of the United States. As the number of Militia in Georgia have very far exceeded the number permitted by you on...
Agreable to your Excellencys Instructions I tarried at Cambridge ’till all the Ordnance & Stores in my department were on the way to this place, which to my great mortification was not till the 14th instant—The detention was owing to the Zeal of the General Assembly which promis’d more than their activity could perform —In my passing thro’ Providence Governor Cook & a number of the principal...
My last to you was on the 22d instant, in which I stated my apprehensions respecting the proposed disfranchisement in Massachusetts. I did not mean to find fault with the measure. I am persuaded circumstances have rendered it necessary, and proper. But any rigorous chastisement of the rebels, will enflame them and render it right and expedient for the government to provide for its own safety...
We did ourselves the honor to write to your Excellency from Elizabeth-Town on the 16th instant, after which, we concluded it necessary to retire from thence, as some people might have been induced, from a suppos’d neutrality, to have had improper communications with the Enemy. Mr Skinner proceeded to New-York on that day, but from bad weather was not able to return untill the 20th. We have...
Under the idea of the certainty of peace, I submit it to Your Excellency whether it will be proper to issue any more ammunition to the troops. The situation of the army precludes the probability of an attack. A few hours, even supposing the possibility of a demand, would obtain a supply from this post. I have been induced to these reflections by a return for the first Massachusetts’ brigade,...
Account of the Ordnance which will be attached to the American Army in the intended operations to the Southward. Field Artillery 2 — 12 pounders 6 — 6 prs 4 — 3 prs brass 3 — 5 1/2 inch howitzers brass The above with implements, carriages complete, and 200 rounds to each piece, with the proper quantity of small stores. For a Siege Iron 3 —
It has been my intention ever since I have been in this City which is fourteen days to have written to you, but my business has been such as to prevent this gratification. Congress have directed 700 Men to be raised for three years, to be apportioned upon the states of Connecticut New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, for the protection of the Western frontiers, to defend the Settlers on the...
I have the honor to submit to your consideration a letter to Andrew Moore Esq. upon the appointment of some Ensigns in the Rifle Companies raising in the South Western parts of Virginia, and also a conditional appointment to Richard Chandler as an Ensign. This Gentleman is well recommended to Mr Jefferson, and also in a letter from Captain Ballard Smith to me—He is stated to Mr Jefferson as a...
I have the unhappiness my dear General to inform you of the departure of my precious infant, your Godson. In the deep mystery in which all human events is involved the Supreme Being has been pleased to prevent his expanding innocence, ripening to such perfection as to be a blessing to his parents and connecting when by their advanced Years they may find every comfort necessary to sweeten Life...
I submit to your consideration a draft of a letter to Major General Wayne—and also his letters to which the said draft is intended as an answer. I have the honor to be with the highest respect Your obed. humble servt LS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . For Knox’s previous submission of Anthony Wayne’s letters of 20 June, 2 July, and 10 July, with their several enclosures, see Knox to GW, 9 Aug. 1793 ,...
Yesterday the house of representatives completed their number, and chose Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania Speaker and Mr Beckley of Virginia Clerk. The senate are still deficient one member. Mr Read of Delaware has been expected daily but he has not yet arrived. Mr Thomson will sett off to announce to the President the unanimous choice of the people of the United states as soon as...
Most of the principal Chiefs of the Wabash Indians who visited this City having died with the smallpox, it would have been improper & nugatory to have attempted with the remainder any explanation of the fourth article of the treaty of Post Vincennes the 7th day of Septr 1792. It was presumed that at the intended treaty to be held with the North Western Indians that the Wabash tribes would have...
I have the honor to submit the inclosed list of names, which have occurred to me as most suitable as Commissioners for the proposed treaty. I am sir With perfect respect and attachment Your humble Servant ALS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . The enclosed list contained the names of potential commissioners for a proposed council at Lower Sandusky with the hostile Indians of the Northwest Territory (see...
I have the honor with great diffidence to submit hints of points in the War department which appear necessary to be mentioned to the Legislature at their approaching session. Arsenals are exceedingly wanted in the middle and southern states for the well ordering of the military stores—But as this is a ticklish subject it is omitted for the present. I have also the honor to submit a letter from...
I write this Letter with the hopes of its meeting you at Mount-Vernon in good health, after your long and fatiguing journey. By information from Fort Pitt of the 9th Inst., the tranquility of the frontiers is very great. About Eight hundred of the troops have arrived at Fort Pitt, from the 16th of May to the 5th instant—Major General Butler had distributed these troops in such a manner, as to...
I have received your Excellencys favor of the 4th instant. The Artillery men and Artificers at Burlington are at Work, preparing things in their respective departments, and will be ready as far as respects their Work to begin their march whenever your Excellency thinks proper to order after the 1st of June. Having arranged matters here, I shall go to Burlington today, and stay there three or...
I have just received the Cannon from Mr Billings for the Count de Grasse. I know not exactly who to direct them to, but supposing that your Excellency might wish to see them and probably send a letter to the Count, I have taken the liberty to direct the serjeant who has them in charge to take your Orders respecting them. In case you should have departed from Princeton and the secretary of War,...
I have the honor to submit a draft of a letter to Governor Blount. The situation of Mero district seems to demand an instant provision for its protection. Governor Blount thought proper to send an express with the last information who is now waiting for an answer. I have the honor to be with the highest respect Your obed. Servant LS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . The draft has not been identified....
I arriv’d here Yesterday & made preparation to go over the lake this morning but General Schuyler reaching here before day prevents my going over for an hour or two. He has given me a list of Stores on the other side from which I am enabled to send an Inventory of those which I intend to forward to Camp —The Garriso⟨n⟩ at Ticonderoga is so weak, The conveyance from the fort to the landing is...
Enclosed is a state of the ordnance at the Northern posts. Your Excellency will be able to judge whether any can be taken from thence to be carried forward, and from which place. Upon a consideration of the importance of Niagara, perhaps it may not be adviseable to have fewer cannon than twelve, of different sizes, and six mortars and howitzers. These would form two or three respectable...
I have the honor to submit to your consideration, the draft of an answer to the letter from the Governor of this State, dated the 18th instant; and also a draft of Instructions to Col. Pickering —The Secretary of State and the Attorney General concur in the approbation of these papers—If the outlines of the instructions should receive your approbation, arrangements and instructions, in...
I have the honor to submit to you a letter from Major General Wayne of the 27th May last. The Secretary of the Treasury and myself have conceived it essential to the œconomical administration of the public interests as connected with this department that an Agent therefrom should be sent both to Georgia and to the South western territory for the objects specified in the instructions to Captain...