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I am this moment Informed by a Letter from General Wooster who is at New Rochell, That fourteen Ships, Three Schooners and Two Sloops have Just Come too between Heart and City Islands so that another Peice of Intelligence given us by our late Informant may be true to wit that Lord Piercy with the Troops from Rhode Island was to land in our Rear and Surround us—so that most Probably our remove...
I have the honor this moment to receive your Orders for augmenting the Detachment designed for your Aid—Genl Mifflin, Clinton & myself an Hour or Two Ago had determined upon the same Plan, and think our Selves happy in having the same order’d by your Excellency—The Detachment shall be got ready with all Expedition, & Officer’d with the best Officers which we have, Genl Mifflin will command...
I Visited the Guards on Yesterday, found them in Good Order, Ordered Grand Rounds to begin their Round at Eleven, Visiting Rounds at Three and Patroles between each Relief, Officers of the Day Report, That in the Night, they found the Guards Vigilant, & Sentinels remarkably Alert. At Five this morning I visited the Guards at Lechmeres point, found them in the Works reinforced with five...
Camp at Cambridge, 13 February 1776. Recommends the Rev. Jacob Foster as chaplain of the 7th and 18th regiments. ALS , DLC:GW . This letter is appended to a letter of 9 Feb. from the field officers of the two regiments indicating their choice of Foster as their chaplain. Col. William Prescott commanded the 7th Continental Regiment, and Col. Edmund Phinney commanded the 18th Continental...
I have just received the honor of yours of the 1st Instant. A privateer Schooner arrived here the last Night from a Cruize. She has taken two prises, one laden with Coal, the other with Oats &c.—The privateer fell in with a Fleet of Transports with the Hessian Troops on Board under Convoy of a 50 Gun Ship & Frigate from whome he received considerable damage —The Capt. of the privateer reports...
I am Just honored with your two favors of yesterday which came to hand within an hour of each other as Soon as the advance Pickets can be Called in the Division will begin their March for Pecks kill. I most heartily Congratulate your Excellency on the Success of the American arms in the reduction of Stony Point—with so little loss, hope this is an Omen of future Success, I have Sent Expresses...
I have been honored with yours of 24 t h on your leaving Newburgh, & of the same date from Poughkeepsie. An Officer will be appointed to attend the meeting of the Referees. Nothing material has transpired below—The Enemy have encamped their Troops on York Island—There have been various reports of a fleets being seen on the Coast—I rather think it nothing more than our own Merchantmen from the...
I am honored with yours of the 26th, have ordered the New Jersey Line to hold itself in readiness to move on the shortest notice—The New York Line to move over to the East side of Hudsons river; & hutt adjoining the New Hampshire Line, except the strongest regiment, which is to hutt near Robinsons Mills; for the purpose mentioned. Colonel Hazens Regiment is ordered to Fish Kill. In a former...
Majors Gibbs and Rice, it is said, were admitted into the Massachusetts line by the consent of the field officers, upon certain conditions. A dispute has arisen respecting their right to rank and command. Several of the aggrieved have requested that the field officers of the line may hear and determine the dispute. It appears necessary that it should be done. I wish to know if your excellency...
The Express just going off I have only Time to do myself the honor to acquaint your Excellency that the Warren Frigate commanded by Captain Hopkins arrived here the last evening, having made a short Cruise after she sailed from Providence, in which she has taken two or three prises, one of which is from Liverpool and has a quantity of Canvas on board, an Article much wanted at this time. It is...
Inclosed is copy of a resolution of Congress directing me to furnish an escort for the mail between Morristown and Fishkill; in consequence of which three or four dragoons have since been assigned to that duty: their horses are now worn down with fatigue—the leaves are off the trees, which will deprive the lurking mail-stealers of cover—and troops are on the communication. If your Excellency...
I now forward William Stead a Deserter from the 33rd British Regt who I mentioned yesterday to be detained by General Nixon as an Evidence against one Mathews, whom He Stead acused of Supplying the Enemy with Butter—muttons &c. Mathews has been taken up and I forward him herewith to be disposed of as your Excellency may Direct Stead asserts he has Cut up mutton for Mathews at the Point. I also...
I herewith Send a deserter from the 71st Regt British, nothing material has transpired below. Some parties of Militia who are detached by the State of New York to do duty for Six months at present in the vicinity of Crompond &c. are applying for a Supply of ammunition, are they and others under like engagements to be furnished from the Continental Magazines or not. I have the honor to be with...
This day I was honor’d with yours of the 24 Instant. shall observe it’s injunctions in transmitting immediate intelligence to your Excellency, and to Major General Gates, should the Enemy appear in this quarter, and shall endeavor to ascertain, should a Fleet appear in the Bay, whether they have Troops with them. The People here are quite Secure, and but very few will believe that it is in the...
The weather having taken a more favorable turn for journeying, I purpose Setting out to morrow morning for New England. I was in hopes your Excellency would have found it convenient to decide on the situation of Cap. Cartwright before his return to the Eastward. For want of a determination, he was uneasy when he came out. he has since made a representation of the circumstances attending his...
I find many of the Soldiers belonging to the Battalions, that suffered the Most, in the late Action on Long Island much Dispirited, & often uttering Expressions that they have lost their Officers, lost their Blankets, & have no money, & the like, I could wish that your Excellency would just think of the matter, & if the Paymaster has Money in the Treasury, that they may be paid—I am confident...
We remain nearly in the same situation on here as when I had the honor last to write you. The Militia have been coming in, but few are yet collected. I was in hopes that they might have been stoped this morning, to which General Counte de Rochambeau had just consented, when I received a letter from Governor Trumbull of the 27th in which he observes, "The following intelligence, I have in a...
This will be Handed to you by the Count de Puluski General de Larme de la Republique de Poloigne, who has Come over to Serve in the great american Cause. Since my last we have Sent on near Three Hundred full Barrels of Powder, and a number of arms to Brookfield, A number of Shells 10 and 8 Inch with Some other Heavy articles are at Cambridge the Removal of which far by land will be very...
Apprehending it to be my duty to inform your Excellency of every movement of the enemy or interesting event in my department, I shall be as attentive to communicate as vigilant to collect intelligence. The last I have received, part of which is from confidential agents, is that the british fleet returned to the Hook the 20th, several of the ships in a shattered condition. It is said, five...
At the request of Lt General Burgoyne I do myself the honor to transmit to your Excellency a packet which I have this day received from him. The Subject of his Letter will not be new, as you saw the grounds of it in the Letter from General Howe brought by Lieut: Vallancy. Genl Burgoyne is anxious to know your Excellency’s pleasure as soon as possible with respect to the Army, or himself & Suit...
I have been making enquiry where and with what convenience such of the troops as have not had the small pox, can be inoculated. I find that about 240 can be accommodated to take it at once at the New Hampshire huts, but the number who have not had it, is greater. If your Excellency thinks it most advisable, under our present situation, for a part only to have it at a time, the New Hampshire...
His Excellency General Comte de Rochambeau has this morning consented to Colo. Green’s Regiment joining the Army; I shall therefore order them to march as soon as possible; which I apprehend will be some time the next week. the Comte retains the three months militia from Massachusetts for the purpose of compleating the works at Butts’s hill. this militia consists of parts of five Regiments, as...
I was last evening honored with yours of the 29. ulto. The dispatches for the eastern states will be forwarded this day. A gentleman who returned with a flag from the enemy’s guard ships this morning, informs me that the british officers told him a fleet of upwards of twenty sail of men of war had arrived at New York—Another officer said seventeen sail. I am this moment informed by another...
I take the liberty to enclose a representation made to me by Mr Frye Ensign and Paymaster to the 9th Massachusetts Regiment. He has been a faithfull & diligent Officer. I beg leave to submit his case to your Excellencys consideration. It will I believe be agreeable to him to join the Corps of Invalids at Boston if you think proper—I am informed that there are one or two other Officers, nearly...
I am honored with yours of the 3d. have ordered a Detachment to proceed up the river, in pursuit of Flour immediately agreeable to your directions. I cannot but lament that we have new experiments to make almost daily. I think some of the strong Pettiaugurs at Fish Kill Landing, or one or two of the Sloops, might perform this service, with as much safety as the Batteaux, as the Season now is,...
I was not honored with yours of the 3d and 8th instant until yesterday. Their contents shall be duly observed. But I scarcely know what to do with respect to sending the 10th Massachusetts regiment to Albany. The troops are now under inoculation, and as yet unclad. There are upwards of one hundred men in the regiment who are to have the small-pox. The moment the men are clothed, such as have...
I am informed that one Richardson a Surgeons mate belonging to Colo. Greatons Regt was taken Prisoner at Verplanks Point when Fort De La Fayattee fell into the Hands of the Enemy, and that he is the only person of the faculty belonging to the american army that is now a prisoner—The officers of the Regt are very desireous if Possible to have him exchanged for one of the mates taken at Stony...
The day before yesterday captain Walker, one of your excellency’s aides-de camp, called here and gave me several papers respecting the issues of provisions under contract, and expressed your desire to have the sentiments of some officers on them. I yesterday convened the officers commanding brigades; colonel Stewart, who is one of the company of contractors, met with them—the papers left by...
I was this morning honored with yours of the 31st Ulto, shall pay strict attention to its injunctions. The Express that carries this, sit out for Head Quarters some days since, was at the Village when the late severe snow storm came on. He afterwards made several efforts to get to Kings Ferry, but could not, & this evening returned, and takes another route. The snow is about four foot deep...
I do myself The honor to enclose your Excellency a line of Intelligence this moment come to hand with a Deserter from Robinsons Corps—perhaps a part of the Enemy are going to wards New York, I shall however be doubly on my Guard Untill I am assured of their departure, I had this morning ordered a Strong regiment to march on to Sugar Loaf Hill this Evening and to remain their Untill Seven...