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Letter not found: from Brig. Gen. William Maxwell, 29 Sept. 1778. Maxwell wrote GW later on this date : “Your Excellency’s Favour of the 27th Inst. came to hand since I sent of[f] mine of th[i]s morning.”
I have the plasure to inclosed to Your Excellency two New York papers one of which contains a parragraph with a large sample of the old Story of the Fox & Sower grapes. and in another the distressed and disapointed state of the Refugees more than I thought they would be permited to express to the Publick. I wish Your Excellency would give me some directions concerning Hatfield and the others...
I have to Inform your Excellency that the main body of the Enemy lyeth about 3 miles below middleton on a chain of Heights, that reaches from the bay to Shrewsberry River, which is verry narrow and not come[–]at[–]able. By several accounts they have been busy embarkquing since the night before last, (that is their Baggage only & possably some of their Artillery[)]. We have no certainty of any...
Agreeable to Your Excellencys request of last night that I should give my opinion this morning in writing concerning the making an attact on Philidelphia immediately. I am not for attacting it at present and will proceed to give some reasons why I would not Viz. It is but a few days ago; before Generals Green & Huntington crossed the Dellaware that we determined in a full council that an...
Your Favour of the 1st Inst. I received this morning on this side of Pumpton, where my Brigade quartered last night. I am extreamly sorry if my march on the upper road should any way disconcert Your measures, Yet I am in good hopes that on Your finding how soon the Troops are arived at Suffrans they will in no way stop any of Your operations. Since the Armey Marched from Easton all Your...
Your Excellency may depend on the following; as I have it from a Gentle Man of Varacity that came from Long Island yesterday Viz. Lord How went the day before yesterday off Barren Island out of the Hook and that day 4 Regts went down Long Island one of them Turnbuls, new levys, they said they were going on board of the Fleet to act as Marines but an express follow’d them that night, and they...
Letter not found : from Brig. Gen. William Maxwell, 1 Feb. 1779. GW wrote Maxwell on 7 Feb. : “I have to acknowlege your several favors of the 26th & 27 Ultimo with that of the 1st Instant.”
I inclose to Your Excellency the New York paper of Yesterday. I have intiligence that a returning Cork Fleet of 17 Sail is to sail for Cork this day or to-morrow, they fell down yesterday—and there has been scattering Cannon heard ever since. I have further that Admiral Gambier is to Sail to morrow, or next day, on pr[e]tence of paying a visit to New Port; but in reallity it is believed to New...
Your Excellencys favour of the 21st with my Instructions came safe to hand. I shall make it my Studdy to act agreeable to them. I find it is your wish that the intercourse between the enemy and us may be as small as possable, yet you say I may permit as many of the Inhabitants to pass with in the Enemys Lines, as have written Licences from the Congress, the Governors, or Legislative...
I have Your Excellencys Orders from Coll Harrison to try to inform you what the 29 Sail of Vessels were that Major Howell mentions I understood they were all Victualers or chiefly so as far as he knew that many of them was armed Victualers 6 or 7 of them was from Cork & the rest from England. The report of a party making ready to Imbarque still prevails some says they are going to Boston...
Your Excellencys Favour of yesterday I received concerning the Adviseability of a winter Campaign, and the practicability of an attack upon Philada with the Aid of a considerable body of Militia asembled at an apointed time and place. I do ashure Your Excellency I think the object a verry desireable one could it be put properly into execution and without tacking a winter Campaign to it, which...
Your Excellencys Favour of yesterday I recd last night and has informed the first Regt they are to march, or be prepared for it, agreeable to Your directions. We have not got our Portmanteaus yet, nor Waggons; our tents are not taken out of the Store at Morris Town for want of Waggons. Our Brigade Quarter Master is gone to Head Quarters to get some necessarys; however with your asistance I...
I inclose to your Excellency a Letter from Coll Shrieve which contains all the Inteligence we have in these parts. I inclose the whole to General Dickeson who I make no doubt will forward it immediate to you. One of my Pickets took up James Burnett with the Inclosed pass he says he belongs to the 12th Virginia Regt and I thought it improper to let him pass & go on board a Privateer I will send...
Capt. Morrison of the first New Jersey Regt will be the bearer of this to Your Excellency. I send him to receive Your Orders on the Cloathier General for the Cloathing belonging to the New Jersey Brigade. It is useless for me to mention the difficul[t]ies that the men labour under for want of them, as they have had nothing this summer only a few light things in the Spring. There will be...
There is not the least doubt that Admiral Gambier with nearly all his force is sailed out of the Hook for Rhode Island; and General Clinton with all the Transports and Privateers is gone up the Sound. I cannot find they have taken any Troops from N. York or Statten Island but they are to take off some from the East end of Long Island—It’s thought there design is to the East ward of Rhode...
I had the pleasure to receive Your Excellencys Favour of Yesterday and the day before with all the inclosures which I shall carefully note: The first was my principal object; and which I have laid before the Officers agreeable to Your Excellencys Orders. They received it with the greatest attention and concern, well knowing how much it must affect Your Excellency; however they may detest the...
Letter not found: from Brig. Gen. William Maxwell, 2 Sept. 1777. GW wrote in his first letter to Maxwell of this date : “I have your two favs. of this date,” and in his second letter to Maxwell of this date, GW wrote: “I am just favd with yours of this Evening.”
Letter not found : from Brig. Gen. William Maxwell, 23 Feb. 1779. GW wrote Maxwell on 24 Feb. : “I recd your favr of yesterday with several News papers inclosed.”
I have the pleasure to inclose to your Excellency a late New york paper informing us of a Packet having arived there from England last thursday. I have information that I think may be depended on, that four Regts was Embarked on board Vesel about three days ago, and it was thought verry probable more would embark in a day or two but no certainty of it. It is thought they were designed for...
I a few hours ago received Your Excellencys favour of the 26th Inst. with a letter accompanying it to Sir Henry Clinton that and the Letter to Coll Butler was immediately sent forward I inclose to Your Excely two New York Papers of the 26th & 30th Inst. Was I supply’d with some Pennsylvania & the Jersey Papers to send into New York I could have a constant supply in return. I have likewise...
I am now at the Cross roads refreshing the Men Major Haws sent me a light horse by way of crooked Billet that he was near there on his way to joyn me with the Cannon and Provisions I have heard nothing certain from Trenton or Bordenton to day but some flying reports that the Enemy was gone back when I get farther Inteligen[c]e I will inform you and am your Excellencys most obedient Humble...
There is nothing new since I wrote to your Excellency yesterday save that near 50 Shallops and such small vessels went up the Bay yesterday towards Hackensack, one Row Galley among them they seem’d to have no more hands on board than sufficient to work them, it is supposed they are gone for Hay and Forrage &Ca. I had an Officer at General Winses Camp yesterday and could not find that the Enemy...
I took the liberty to write to Your Excellency on the 20th Inst. stating certain circumstances respecting my self and requesting my resignation through you from Congress, but upon the most mature consideration, I am persuaded the measure was premature as by it I eventually subscribe to the Justice of the allegations of my accusers—I therefore entreat that if Your Excellency has not forwarded...
I believe I can inform you Excellency that Lord How is returned to New york with the whole or greatest part of his Fleet. This I had last night from N.Y. and to day confirmed by Major Howel so far that 29 Sail went in. The Brest Fleet is much talked of but no one knows where it is. It is said that with Genl Clinton came Lord Cornwalles & Sir Wm Arskin but that the Troops they took with them...
I have carefully considered the Propositions made yesterday by Your Excellency, to the Council of General Officers; and am clearly of opinion that no Troops should be sent from this Armey (in its present condition) to the support of Charles Town; for two reasons 1st. If we should spare a number of Troops for that purpose they would arive there too late to answer the end proposed; 2dly. Should...
I have now inclosed to Your Excellency Yesterdays New York paper. There has been much firing to day by the Shiping in the narrows supposed to be discharging the old loaded Canon of the Fleet, lately come in. Admiral Gambier’s own ship is come into the narrows. I believe there is not the least doubt, that the whole of the Vessels, and Troops, on the Expedition to the Eastward, is returned...
Your Excellency Favours of the 16th I have Recd and shall take care to note the contents The Morriss Militia under Coll Cook, their Times is out the 20th inst. and of course must go home and not likely any to come out from that Quarter shortly as they have heard that Innoculation for Your Troops begins on Wedensday next and they must stay at home to take care of their Familys, I think if the...
Your Excellencys Favour of yesterday I recd. The men that returned from the Indian country I was informed lives in Sussex County, I do not know their names. I had the account from a Mr Meeker Major of Milita living not far from the Court House. I ask pardon for not mentioning the Boots befor; on the rect of your former letter I spoke to the man about them, and he informed me that it was the...
Letter not found : from Brig. Gen. William Maxwell, 19 Feb. 1779. GW wrote Maxwell on 20 Feb. : “I have your favr of yesterday accompanied by four New York papers.”
May it please your Excellency, We the Subscribers, General Officers in the American Army, beg leave to represent, That we have severally been accus’d of unsoldierly Conduct, dangerous Neglect, and other Crimes, which, had they been prov’d, must have blacken’d our Characters as Officers, and sunk us beneath the Reproaches of our Country. In Consequence of these malicious Accusations, Courts...
Since I wrote to your Excellency yesterday I found some difficulty in geting the Tents &ca. I have now wrote to General Green giving him a full account of our sittuation and beg’d that he would wait on your Excellency and know what part of our movements and destination you thought proper to communicate to him; that when I received any future Orders from you to move the whole, or any part of...
I have the pleasure to inclose Your Excellency Yesterdays New York Paper giving an account of the Packet’s arival. I likewise inclose you a note I got with the Paper last nigh[t]. The person who deliverd my man the papers, last night says that the Flat bottom’d Boats went down to the Hook the day the note was wrote. Some emajins they are for Munmoth others for Egg Harbour I think it must be...
I have to inform Your Excellency that I went to New Ark yesterday it being the begining of their Court and I thought likely for intiligences. The first acct I had was a report that some of the Enemy had been fortyfying themselves for several days past at Hobuck or there abouts I was afterward informed by what I thought good authority that the Enemy had made a shew up the River side some days...
I have been at New Ark to day and on my return finds that General Thomp⟨son⟩, Watterberry is arived, with some others; I have not seen them yet. The two Commissarys of Prisoners is also arived and waits for Coll Beaty I send this by way of Basking Ridge, at their request, to inform Mr Boudenot of their arival I have no news but what is inclosed in the Papers. Coll Nealson is here and informs...
I wrote to Your Excellency on friday, informing that I arived at this place on thursday last which day the Engineer was to have been here, to begin the works; otherwise I should not have left my old station so soon; as he is not come according to promise, and I have had no reason assigned me why he did not come I am at a loss what to think of the Matter. As the Engineer only sett one stake at...
Your Excellencys Favour of the 15th Inst. I recd by Capt. Rochefontain I have carefully noted the contents and recollect what passed at the private interview I had with Your Excellency before I marched; we took a little view of the place most eligible to encamp on and fortify last nigh t , but to day we made a more thorough survey and find no place to make temporary fortification on without...
Letter not found: from Brig. Gen. William Maxwell, 3 Sept. 1777. GW wrote Maxwell on this date : “Yours of three oClock this morning, I have received.”
I have to inform Your Excellency that a Packet arived from England in the Hook the 22d. I have inclosed You an English paper and the latest New York one. We have had the sevarest weather for some time past that has been known for many Years. The Sound is froze up and it is currantly reported that a Number of Vessels is on shore at Statten Island; & some cut through and sunk coming out of the...
I have the pleasure to inform Your Excellency that the first Regt set off Yesterday in high spirits about 8 o’clock, they would have gone the day before but the Paymaster had not finished paying them till evening. Agreeable to lots drawn on the receipt of Your order for one Regt to March, it falls to the 3d to march next, shall the Artillery go with them, and what is to become of Furmans...
To lay a few observations before Your Excellency Viz. I earley enterd the Service of my Country in the present dispute with the King of Great Britain upon such princeples as I am confident will bear the strictest scrutiny and have exerted my self to promote it’s interest to the utmost of my abilities which I hope was not without some good effect; however I find at length that my command is...
This will Accompany to Your Excellency a Packet brought from England by the same Hand that brought Mrs Rights & the other letter I sent You. I thought to have sent some person over last night, but the Storm was so high it was impossable I had 9 Saylors Deserters Yesterday, from Byrons Fleet; they say there is above 2,000 of them sick on Statten Island where they have a Vast many Sails Pitched...
Letter not found : from Brig. Gen. William Maxwell, 11 Feb. 1779. GW wrote Maxwell on 13 Feb. : “I received your favor of the 11th Inst.”
I have nothing to Inform Your Excellency of since my last, only that Lieut. Campbell of the Convention Troops is co[m]e out, and I have sent an Officer with him. I have got a London paper from him which I inclose of the 6th Octr wherein their is a passage that mentions Coll Houseker, and which I thought proper you should be acquainted with. I am your Excellencys Most Obedient Humble Servant...
I forwarded to your Excellency yesterday a Journal from Major Howel with an Acct of Lord Hows being saild to the East Ward, 6 or 7 of the Cork Fleet having arived in the Hook &Ca which is all confirmed; it is likewise confirmed that the 4 Regts returned that was going on board the Fleet. Genl Clinton is on long Islan, it is said with 8000 Men but one half is most likely as I have both...
Your Excellencys Favour of the 23d Inst. I last night received at nine oclock. I had Major Burrows, an Officer and 25 Men ordered to set out for Monmouth County this Morning at 7 oclock. The Major was to purchase two whaleBoats that lay at Brunswick, if he could not pick up some along the shore, at Monmouth County where they ought not to be. Coll Dayton informed me he had spoke to Your...
I arrived here the 24th past 11, ocloack at night found things not in so good a state as I could wish. General McDougal Commanded and as he seemed to be well aquainted with the state of the Troops and where the different necessarys was most likely to be found to support them I was not anctious to take much of the Command upon me for some days but assisted all I could He says I must take it all...
Your Excellencys Favour of Yesterday I recd last night a little past 11 oclock with other inclosures all of which I shall carefully note. At the time I received Your papers I was sending off a Horse Man to Brunswick to give them notice that a number of Boats and Troops was prepared at the wattering place to go and plunder Brunswick last night; this I had by two different channels, which makes...
Letter not found : from Brig. Gen. William Maxwell, 15 Feb. 1779. GW wrote Maxwell on 16 Feb. : “I have received your favour of yesterday.”
I inclose to Your Excellency two of the latest papers I have from New York I have no other news from there than what they contain which is not much. I am informed, that the Officer of the light Dragoons stationed here Mr De Wolfen is to be relieved to morrow by another Officer of the same Corps from Camp. Oour Field officer of the day, recommends him to me as a verry attentive Officer and begs...
I have got a large asortment of papers from New York so late down as Thursday. The Enemy is pluming themselves much upon a Victory obtained over our Troops in Georgia on the 4th March. Notwithstanding I have my fears about the Matter I hope the information may prove to be false, the acct is not sufficiently authenticated in my opi⟨nion⟩ from any of their Officers. Should our Troops suffer...