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I have the Honor to inclose your Excellency a Copy of my Letter to the President of Congress from which you will see the Measures I have pursued upon an Occasion perplexing & intricate—& if in the Course of it I have so conducted Matters as not to merit your Excellency’s Disapprobation it will make me happy. I conceived that your Excellency would not wish to be Troubled with the Proceedings of...
By Doctor Craik I had the honour to write a few lines to your Excellency & having now nothing new to communicate I only repeat that nothing shall be wanting to finish all matters here when I flatter myself it will appear that invention or delay have not been among my faults with Every Respect I am Dear Sir your Excellency’s most obt hum. servt DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I have the honour to inform your Excellency that the part of Colo. Jacksons who were here marched off this morning Except some so lately recover’d as to render their moving improper and a few others still sick; of the latter class none dangerously & in all as major Norton says about thirty odd—I am hastening with all possible dispatch matters here to a close. I have the honor to be Dear sir...
I was honor’d with your Excellency’s Favor of the 24th Inst. late last Night. That Part of Jackson’s Regt now here will march to-Morrow Eveg or next Day Morng—Vose’s shall follow as soon as Circumstances will admit—No Desire of unnecessarily detaining them, or remaining myself having the least Revalence in my Bosom. I was strongly persuaded my former Letters would have met your Excellency at...
Major Gibbs marched with Sprouts Regiment yesterday morning very early—Having furnished him with a waggon to take the baggage of some soldiers who had been sick & who with that indulgence can march, his numbers will I imagine be about three hundred and fifty: and as the Court-Martial will now very soon close their proceedings I have not detached the small number deficient of the four hundred,...
I find that Sprout’s will not be able to march off much more than Three hundred Effective Rank & File—The Rest of Jackson’s That are here fit for Duty are one hundred & sixty six—Vose’s a Little more than three hundred—as Jackson’s compose a Part of Paterson’s Brigade I submit it to your Excellency’s Consideration whether they shoud immediately follow Sprout’s or remain & march when the Rest...
As a peace Establishment is I hear to take place, and as I feel an inclination to serve my country in a military line whilst that sort of service is thought requisite, I think it my Duty to inform your Excellency of this Disposition—I had the honour Sir of mentioning this to you once before, & I now take the liberty to repeat that should you Deem me Worthy of your Influence & will Exert it in...
In consequence of your Excellency’s letter received yesterday, I have ordered Colonel Sprouts Regiment to be ready for march on a moments warning, and shall direct them to take the rout prescribed. I do not believe they will be able to moove off before saturday, but they shall if possible. They will march under the command of one field officer—the other with the officers on Court martial duty...
I am just now honour’d with your Excellency’s favour of the 13th & shall take the measures Consequent thereto. As I inclose this to the President of Congress to be forwarded by any conveyance which may offer, I delay writing more fully until tomorrows Post as that Letter may arrive as soon if not sooner than this With the greatest Respect I am Dear sir your Excellency’s most Obt Servt DLC :...
I was honored with your Excellency’s favour of the 16th instant yesterday. The Judge Advocate announced himself to me on the 14th—The General Court martial was ordered to sit the next day and was to have been composed of the officers of the Massachusetts and Pennsylvania lines—The officers of the latter from some points of delicacy declined acting and though I did not, for reasons which must...
The Troops encamped within Two Miles of this Town on Saturday where They remain still, for having procured Tents for Them. They are permitted to hold little or no Communication with the Town. Immediately on my Arrival I took Measures to carry into Execution the Intentions of Congress to the utmost Extent—but I have it to regret that where so much ought to be known so Little Means of...
The troops halted at this place last night and are now crossing the river for Philadelphia. Though Congress in their Resolution seem to leave me the Judge of the numbers requisite to the purposes they have in view, yet the committee of Congress with whom I was directed to confer gave it as their opinion upon my report to them of the numbers I had with me, that they were not more than they...
I arrived yesterday with the Troops within some Miles of this Place where They will halt until Twelve to Night. The President of Congress having informed me that He has given your Excellency a particular Account of The Operations of the Mutineers & The Proceedings of the Executive of Pennsylvania Thereupon as well as the Steps Taken by Congress in Consequence Thereof, I shall not Trouble you...
The inclos’d Resolution of Congress has been just now handed me & the Express sets off in a moment, fuller Instructions are to be given me—my situation appears to me to be critical much seems to me Expected from me & whatever I do may on one side be thought too little, on the other too much, for unhappily Congress & the state of Pennsylvania (at least the Executive of it) differ widely in...
The Troops arrived at this place last night and commenced their march at three this morning—The Bad Roads (the mountains being a Part) the Heat of the weather & want of shoes made the men appear to be much fatigued. our Provisions will be out at noon this day and from what information I can get we shall continue to out go it unless we make a halt should this be the case I shall probably halt...
I have delayd answering your Excellency’s favour in reply to mine requesting leave of absence until the matter betwixt Genl Hazen and Mr Edwards was determined, as it appeard to be your wish (to me always a Law) that I should remain ’till it was over. As motives of Business induced the request I made, the delay has not been without inconvenience to me, but my own affairs Shall always be, as...
By letters I have received I find it very necessary to my affairs to repair to Boston as soon as possible; and therefore request of your Excellency that leave of absence you was so kind as to intimate you would in that case give me when I had the honor to speak to you upon the subject. I should have been glad the necessity of going had not occured; but since it has your indulgence will much...
Agreeable to Your Excellency’s Orders, we the undersigned met at Ellisons, and took into consideration that part of The Memorial presented to Your Excellency by Brigadr General Hazen, & a number of officers of his Regiment, wherein they set forth, that by the partiallity of the Judge advocate, Mr Edwards in Conducting the Proceedings of a General Court Martial lately Assembled for the Trial of...
I am surprized at being reported to your Excellency in the manner I have been by major general Heath, but am happy in the persuasion that my reasons for my conduct will be satisfactory both to you and to service. On the 26th I marched with the Troops until I had leave of General Heath to quarter at General McDougalls. On the 27th I was so unwell that I could not join my division as early in...
If the ultimate End arriv’d at by the Enemy in sending out Fishing Parties from our Prisoners in New-york, & purchasing Wood within our Lines, was really intended for the Benefit of the Prisoners alone, The Measure ought to meet our heartiest Approbation—But as under this Aspect they may by picking out proper Implements from among our People, continue that Transient Intercourse already found...
The first Quere your Excellency has been pleas’d to submit to the consideration of your Generals is, that admitting the Enemy to aggregate their Force at New York and to retain a naval superiority both in Harbour and at Sea, their number then ammounting to 16090 Men, whether it is probable we shall obtain men and means sufficient to undertake the siege of New York, what force will be necessary...
I inclose your Excellency a letter from Lt Colo. Fernald in behalf of Captain Marshall, his situation is particular and he has it seems given his winter to Publick service in a way Extra to his immediate line. General Heath appears to think him Entitled to indulgence & Colo. Fernald says his Regiment can spare him, he wishes to have leave until the first of July, less time than that will not...
Your Excellency having been pleased in your letter to major-general Heath of the 17th instant to request our opinion at what places it may be best to establish magazines of provisions for the moving army—and also what should be deemed the dependencies of West-point—We beg leave to give our opinion as follows; viz. Considering the contingencies of the campaign, magazines may be eligible at...
Late last night my unabating Efforts obtain’d me a sum of money which tho’ not perhaps quite Equal to my Expences will Enable me to Leave Town (I hope) without discredit. Some part of this Cash has advanced me by a friend I accidentally met with upon Generous Terms, but the Residue (and that the greater Part) I have been moved to Accept upon hard Condition of indebting myself one hundred...
Accept my Dear General my warmest Congratulations on the Glorious Events which have taken place & which as they resulted from the wisdom of your measures & the noble manner in which you Executed them reflects a lustre upon your Conduct which must rejoice your Friends & entitle you to the applause & gratitude of the present & of future generations. As among the officers sent from the southward...
One of my friends in Congress having informed me that the Delegates of the State of Georgia had moved Congress that an Enquiry might be made into my Conduct as to some military Transactions which happened in December 1778 & that your Excellency would be directed to order this Enquiry when Circumstances would admit of it, I take the Liberty to request that if it should take place, it may not be...
Every circumstance militates to confirm me in opinion that your Excellency intends marching with the army under your immediate command to the Relief of Virginia, the two Carolina’s & Georgia. I wish you Dear sir in that , as in all other Cases from the Bottom of my soul success, Honour, glory and safety. The wisdom of the measure deserves the highest applause and I anticipate the deliverance...
The Inconvenience that must arise to service by retarding the Works necessary to our aking he Field, should the artificers detaild from the Line march with their Regiments, has induc’d me to order them to remain until your Excellency’s Pleasure is known upon the Subject, which please give me by the Express Boat which I send on Purpose. Your Orders respecting the Flag have been punctually...
I have a Letter from an Agent who says that the Troops on Lloyd’s Neck were under marching Orders, but had not march’d the Day before Yesterday—That he was inform’d the Hessians were under Marching Orders also. I should not have sent on Purpose to convey this, as I expect to hear further, but as I inclose your Excellency some Papers which came by a Flag, it was opportune to carry it—Please Let...
I have just received the inclos’d Letters. I think the measures taken by Colo. Scammel are all that are requisite upon this information. I have acquainted him that General Persons will be Tommorrow in advance—and that if the movements are real and of so serious a nature to make further support necessary, that he will ask it of General Persons. not however omitting to Transmit me the Earliest...