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That your Memorialist in the year 1775 Joined General Montgomery at Montreal, against the Enemies of America, having then been shortly arived at that place from Spain; And Acted, in the American Army as Lieutenant and Adjutant in a Canadian Regiment raised under Col. Livingston & Proceeded with the Regiment to Quebec. Where he received a Seperate Command to Cut off the Supplies of the Enemy,...
General Washington presents his compliments to Mr Howell and requests the favor of his company at dinner tomorrow 4 oclock. Monday. Privately owned.
In forwarding the inclosed Letter from one of the most experienced Generals of the Elector my Master I cannot prevail upon myself to forego so favourable an opportunity of testyfying to your Excellency the high Admiration I share in common with every body Living of the great talents by which you have distinguished yourself in the Course of a long & to all appearance very unequal Contest. Your...
By the arrival of the Baron Steuben I have received the Letter from General Haldemand alluded to in my last communication to your Excellency; a Copy of which I take the first occasion of laying before Congress. With perfect respect I have the honor to be Your Excellency’s Most Hble Servt. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
To the several points mentioned in your Letters of 28th & 29th ulto, I answer, that I am at present totally ignorant of the strength of the Garrison which will be destined for West Point, the ensuing Winter, not having as yet had any conference with the Committee of Congress on that subject; I should think however, that a supply of forage and fuel for a Corps of 500 Men, will be sufficient,...
In examining a connecticut paper in which is included a Resolution of Congress of the 22d March last Past, I observe the following paragaphing "That such officers as have retired at different periods intiteled to half pay for Life " &c. I have taken particular care to converse with the greater part of those concerned in Colo. Warners Rigiment who are inhabitants of this State, and find them...
I have thrown together the following sentiments on the papers you put into my hand yesterday. Brevets which have been given with conditions annexed, ought, undoubtedly, to have the conditions fulfilled; because it is a contract between the Parties. Simple Brevets, must be determined by the usage & Custom of other Armies, if there is no established rule for considering of them in our own; I...
Mrs Morris & myself accept most chearfully, the polite & Friendly invitation with which Mrs Washington & you are pleased to honor us, it is our intention to pay you a visit in a short time unless Congress should prevent it by removing themselves & You to this City previous to our journey. One part of our business at Prince Town is to entreat in person that our House may be Your’s whenever...
I received your Excellency’s Letter of the 31st Ulto & am always rendered particularly happy, whenever my conduct meets your approbation. I must acknowledge myself obliged by the advice contain’d in the latter part of the Letter relative to granting Passports to Persons going into the Country—protections I never presumed to give and generally informed the persons that the passes were not given...
My letter of the 18th of July to the Honorable the Secretary at War, (which he promises to shew your Excellency) will I hope explain to your satisfaction my reason for not writing you frequently: Since that time the Virginia Troops at this Post by order of General Lincoln have been discharged & paid four months agreeable to a Resolution of Congress of the 26th of May, without the most distant...
In Bradfords Paper of the 30th Ulto I perceive an anonymous advertisement of a person who wants employment as a miller, referring to you for his character. If this is such, as in all points of view I could approve, it is very likely I might employ him at my Mills in Virginia (ten miles from Alexa.). My present miller who has lived with me thirteen or fourteen years; & who perhaps understands...
I have receivd your Excellencys favour with Collecter Martins Letter . I saw by my Papers which were directed to the President of Congress & my self to be transmitted to your Excellency—As the President is absent I thought it best to forward them immediately. You will probably understand the Matter better than I do but according to Appearances I thought the gentleman deserves all the...
I have carefully perused the Papers which you put into my hands relating to Indian Affairs. My Sentiments with respect to the proper line of Conduct to be observed towards these people coincides precisely with those delivered by Genl Schuyler so far as he has gone in his Letter of the 29th July to Congress (which, with the other Papers is herewith returned)—& for the reasons he has there...
This instant the bearer Captain Swiney informs me that he is setting out for Philada. I never was so hurryd in my life as I am at this moment, I could not however let him go without these few lines of introduction—You will find him my Dear Sir a worthy good nature and pleasant Man, and well intitled to the Civilities your Citizens may confer on him, I beg your attention to him in...
Through Dr Witherspoon I have received your Memorial with the enclosed Certificates; but so much time has elapsed Since the period you allude to, in which you say you promised to perform particular services for me, that I have not the least remembrance of any circumstance of the kind; but this however, I recollect, that the morning on which General Howe moved with the British Army from the...
Your wished for and Most Heartly wellcome favours Have not this long while Reached me, and I most warmly Request You, my dear General, not to forget writing to a friend who loves you with a Filial and Unbounded Affection. this letter is Going By the September Packet, and Hereafter there will Be one Sailing Every month, By Which, While in Europe, I Shall most Exactly Advise my dear and...
I with pleasure took charge of sundry papers committed to my care by a Magistrate whose Name and talents are well known at St Domingo, in the Government of Port au Prince, I did propose to have the honor to deliver them myself but understanding that Congress made their Residence at Prince town—I thought I could not better answer the views of my employer than in transmitting them by the Post—I...
Upon a careful examination of the Report delivered to Congress the 17th of June, by the Committee on the Peace Arrangement the following remarks have occurred. Nothwithstanding there may not be any very essential difference between the proposed Plan for a standing Force now under consideration, & the Sketches which were given in my Memorial of the 1st of May; yet it is my wish to make known...
I enclose to your care a Letter to Mr Cowvenhoven in answer to his Memorial & request, and his Letter to you & the President of Congress. In the course of Mr Cowvenhoven’s Memorial he takes occasion to mention his assistance to one Mr Wyckhoff, who, he says, was employed by Governor Clinton & me to bring Money from Long Island; all the agency I had in this matter, was giving an Order, at the...
As there is but one Regiment at Philadelphia to March to West Point, and the Troops when they get there take their Orders from the Commanding Officer of the Garrison (agreeably to the Original disposition of them) till Congress shall have determined upon a Peace Establishment; there can be no necessity for your Marching with your present command, in its reduced state to that place. I mention...
I have the honor to enclose the weekly return of the troops. On the 7th instant the remainder of the 3d Massachusetrs regiment arrived from the southward in a pretty healthy state, having left but few upon the road. The troops having been uncommonly sickly for this place, and a malignant putrid fever being among their disorders, I have fixed upon the barrack at Constitution Island as an...
I have received your Excellency’s Letter of the thirty first of last Month enclosing a Copy of that of the eighteenth from Colo. Varick. I know do myself the Honor to enclose Notes for eighteen hundred Dollars and am to request that when this Service shall have been compleated Colo. Varick will be directed to transmit his Accounts with proper Vouchers that they may be passed at the Treasury....
It is sometime since I was favored with your Letter of the 22d of July—not however by the Gentleman for whose benefit it was written—him I have not yet seen—when I do, I shall take pleasure in shewing him every civility in my power agreeably to your wishes. But for an expression in your letter which led me to expect that another on a more interesting subject would soon follow (but which is not...
Under protection of your Excellencys passport I Left this place on the first Day of Last August With Intent to go to Niagara—in five Days I arived at oswego and prodused my passport to Capt. Gumersill Commanding the Garrison who would not permit me to proceed but In Contempt and Disregard to your Excellencys Written passport to me Detained me til; the Sacond Day of Septr following at Whitch...
It was with great concern I heard of your Indisposition—later accts say you were upon the recovery—and nothing would give me more pleasure than the confirmation of it from under your own hand. I am not able to give you any information on the point you requested, at our parting. Congress have come to no determination yet respecting the Peace Establishment, nor am I able to say when they will. I...
Your letter of the 16th of August with the Accts enclosed, did not reach my hands till within these few days. I have no doubt, because I suppose S:C: to be an honest Man, that the Monies charged in his Acct have been expended, & therefore should be paid; but the Services which were rendered by him (however well meant) was by no means adequate to these Expenditures—My Complaints on this head,...
My last letter to you, was dispatched without the enclosed; wch was forgot at the time of Sealing it. Since then, I have received your letter of the 23d of August, & am very sorry to find by it that you still continue so much indispos’d. Doctr Craik will write to you by this opportunity, & will, I presume, give you his opinion of the propriety of giving the Air & Climate of Rhode Island a...
La veneration que j’ay conçue pour Votre excellence par vos hauts faits comme citoyen, et general dont toute l’europe retentit, me fait prendre la liberte de vous propose une Republique que j’avais composé lors de votre revolution, la quelle Si j’avois eu le bonheur de pouvoir le faire alors, auroit evité bien du Sang votre nation n’auroit pas tardé a etre independante, elle Se Serait deja de...
If you have not already sent the two Pipes of wine to Virginia which you promised to do, and it is no disappointmt to you, to retain one of them, the other will be sufficient for my purpose, as I have just got an Acct of the arrival of two other Pipes of Madeira in Maryland, for my use. If there are Wine & Beer Glasses (the latter of the same shape but larger) exactly like those which Mr...
I have been hon’d by your Excellency’s favour and am much obliged by the communication & indulgence that it conveys. I hope very soon to pay my Respects to you at Rocky Hill, which honour I should have long since done my self had I not thought it improper to leave this place until the matters committed to my charge were intirely clos’d. I have the honour to be with the greatest Respect Sir...
Long before this letter can have reached you, the Cost of the first Wine had from Mr Searle must, no doubt, have been paid to you—before the receipt of it, I saw Mr Parker who told me the Money had, for sometime, been lodged in the hands of a Gentleman (whose name I do not now recollect) in New York, and notice given of it to the Person at whose House you usually lodge in the City. I have...
The Candour of your circular Letter has induced me, to address your Excellency with the few scattering Remarks, which I have made upon it, and hope out of your great good Nature, you will read them with Indulgence. I have waited with great Anxiety for a political Answer upon your circular Letter, which should point out more particularly the Method, in which your Recommendation might be brought...
The officers of my department and myself have waited patienly till now with the army that Congress be pleased to take a Resolution Concerning them and we would wait still longer if we were not in a particular situation—when the army or part of it shall be dismissed the american officers may go home when they please—but it is not so with us—your Excellency knows that we are almost all...
Your Letter of the 6th by Lieut. Rose has been duly received. As the Secrety at War had undertaken to furlough all that part of the Army which lay South of the Delaware, I was much surprized, on the receipt of your Letter, to find that business so irregularly conducted at Fort Pitt; but on enquiry at the War Office, the difficulty seems evidently to have originated from circumstances that...
The Blankets & Osnabrigs were sent to the Care of Mr Richardson by a waggon which was going there & the Expence very little more than the freight would have been by water & wt. less risque—they were arrived safe & delivered to Mr Lund Washington. The other Articles orderd by you will be most or all of them procured in time to send by a vessel which is here from Potomack & shall be directed to...
Every publick acknowledgment of the essential Service, rendered our common Country by your Excellency during a doubtful War, has given me the most sensible Pleasure, and it has been among the gratifications of my Office, that its duties have priviledged my transmitting, the constant Sense Congress have maintained of your Excellency’s great Merit & good Conduct. I have now the additional...
Your two Letters of the 3d & 10th inst., with the enclosed Returns, have been duly received. To prevent the trouble in Future of transmitting the particular Returns of each Corps, let the Fort Major or Adjutant, digest them into one General Return, as I only wish to have a view of the general strength & state of the Troops. As Congress have reassumed the consideration of a Peace Establishment,...
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 have the honor to send to your excellency, my observations while with genl baron de steubens; they are very Conteracted , and besides i cannot warant their exactness, owing to the general being in a very great haste, to get to Canada, we did not stop to any of those positions on lake champlain which it had been very interesting to examine; and I was not permitted to go on shore at l’isle aux...
The Resolve of Congress, enclosed in Your Excellency’s favor of Yesterday, for permitting me to have access to the Secret Papers of Congress, under the same injunctions as Members; is a high & honourable testimony of the confidence reposed in me by that Honble Body, and is only to be equalled by the polite, and flattering expressions with which you have accompanied it. I have the honor to be...
By his Excellency George Washington Esqr General and Commander in Chief of the Armies of the United States. This Certifies that the Bearer Mr Strubing has served as a Lieutenant of Horse four years in the Army of the United States of America, in which character he has conducted himself as a faithful and deserving Officer. Given at Princeton this 18th day of September 1783. DLC : Papers of...
Be so good as to receive from Colo. Smith, Fifty Guineas which were left in his hands, for my use, by the Count Del Vermé; and apply them to my Credit in payment for the Pipe of Wine (which was to be sent to Virginia) with the other things—if they could be got, agreeably to my former letter of the 12th. You would do me a favor by requesting Mr Frauncis to enquire if a good Cook, German I...
I had the honor to receive your Excellency’s favor of the 12th instant since which I have caused the Glasses to be procured by Mr Fraunces as per inclosed Bill—The two pipes of wine were shipt on board the ship Hunter for Alexandria together with some Goods belonging to your Excellency that were in the care of Capt. Pemberton—the whole are directed to the care of Mr George Gray Merchant in...
The letter from General Duportail of which the enclosure No. 1 is a copy, was presented to me yesterday. I beg leave, agreeably to the wishes of these Gentlemen, to recommend their case to the immediate & serious consideration of Congress. I take the liberty also, of laying before Congress an extract of a Letter No. 2 from Majr Genl Knox, on the subject of Clothing for the Troops on the North...
I have received your Letter of the 16th inst., and this day have laid it before Congress, their determinations, which I hope will be speedy, & agreeable to your wishes, shall be transmitted to you as soon as they come to hand. I am Dr sir DLC : Papers of George Washington.
The last Post brought me your favor of the 17th. I am sorry Mr Morris did not pay the money at the time and in the manner I expected—Inclosed I send you Eight Hundred Dollars in Bank Notes, & will write to you more fully in a day or two; business prevents me from doing it at this moment. I am Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt Servt DLC : Papers of George Washington.
By the Bearer Capt. Pinkney I return the Glass which your Excellency was so obliging as to lend me at the end of the last Campaign I should have forwarded it before had I not expected to have had an opportunity of presenting it in person—I have been confined for six day’s past to my Room with a severe ague & fever which paid me a visit every day—the Bark has at last broke it but left me very...
Mrs Custis has never suggested in any of her Letters to Mrs Washington (unless ardent wishes for her return, that she might then disclose it to her, can be so construed) the most distant attachment to D.S.— but if this should be the case, and she wants advice upon it; a Father Mother, who are at hand, & competent to give it, are at the same time most proper to be consulted on so interesting an...
I am made exceedingly happy, by the receipt of your friendly letter of the 10th inst. which is this moment come to hand; and the young gentleman that brought it, a son of Col. Geo. Morgan’s waits while I write this—It had been sent to Philadelphia, and on my not being there, was returned, agreeable to directions on the outside, to Col. Morgan at Princetown, who forwarded it to this place. I...
Hearing of the promotion lately of Captains Sargent and North, upon the same principles of the French Officers promoted some time past; I have been impelled by a sense of duty to myself, and I hope propriety, to lay before Congress a state of my services, from the commencement of the war, to the present day; in hopes, tho’ unassisted by gilded recommendation, to stand in an equally meritorious...