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I have the honor to enclose for the information of Congress, the report of the Baron Steuben, who was sent into Canada to make arrangements with General Haldimand for withdrawing the British forces from the Posts within the territory of the United States. The Letter from General Haldimand to me, referred to in his Letter of the 13th inst. to the Baron, is not yet come to hand. The...
Having just received the inclosed Letter from the Chevalier Heintz, containing propositions to Congress respecting the admission of a Number of American Characters as Members of an Order lately instituted in Poland, together with a List of the present Knights of the Order; I think it my duty to submit the Originals in the state they came to my hands to the consideration of Congress, and to...
I cannot but think it essential that Congress should be informed of the disposition and conduct of the British Officers at the Western Posts, of our frontier Inhabitants, and of the Savages, in order that adequate Measures may be taken to avail ourselves of any favorable circumstances to prevent Hostilities, and place that extent of Territory which is ceded to us, under some proper...
I am too sensible of the honorable reception I have now experienced, not to be penetrated with the deepest feelings of gratitude. Notwithstanding Congress appear to estimate the value of my life beyond any services I have been able to render the U. States yet I must be permitted to consider the Wisdom and Unanimity of our National Councils, the firmness of our Citizens, and the patience and...
By the last post, I was honored with your Excellency’s favor of the 1st instt, enclosing the resolve of Congress, directing my attendance at Princeton—notwithstandg my Horses had arrived but a Day or two before, & were much fatigued, I should have set out immediately: had it not been for the indisposition of Mrs Washington, who, during my Absence, had been seized with a fever had a return of...
Your Excellencys several favors, of the 17th, 24th & 31st of July, were received at Head Quarters during my Absence, and have been presented to me on my Return last Evening, which I effected by Water from Albany. My Tour having been extended as far Northward at Crown point, and Westward to Fort Schuyler & its District, and my movements having been pretty rapid, my Horses, which are not yet...
I was the more particularly induced by two considerations, to make the Tour which in my Letter of the 16th Ulto I informed Congress I had in contemplation, and from which I returned last evening—the one was an inclination of seeing the Northern and Western Posts in this State, with those places which have been the Theatre of important military transportation—the other a desire to facilitate...
Your Excellencys Letters of the 3d & 8th are received. The was gone on by my Directions, before the you gave me that of the 3d. It would seem there has been some capital neglect, or Miscarriage in the transmission of the Act of Congress of the 12th of May—I never had the least Intimation of it, until the 7th instant, when I received it from the War Office—Baron Steuben is furnished with my...
Your Excellency will find sundry Papers inclosed from No. 1 to No. 4 inclusive, respecting the pretended promotions of several Officers in Brigadier General Hazens Regt; the reason of my refusal to accept the Return in question without farther sanction of Authority, will be understood from a perusal of the inclosures—And as the Monthly Returns cannot be compleated until the necessary advice...
I have had the Honor this morning to receive your Excellency’s favor of the 1st of July—with the Resolution of Congress directing Major Genl Howe, with the Troops, to proceed to Philadelphia. My Letters of the 24th & 25th of June to your Excellency do not appear to have been acknowledged by you, I hope they have been received. With great Regard & Respect I have the Honor to be Your...
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your Excellency’s favor of the 26th, and to thank you for the information contained in it. If Congress should have already taken up, or should they be about to determine upon the subject of receiving possession of the Posts on the Western Frontier, which was mentioned in my Letters of the 3d of May and 7th of June, I would take the liberty to reommend Major...
I am honored by your Excellency’s Letter dated the 21st inst. 11 o’clock P.M., enclosing the Resolutions of Congress of the same date. Congress will have been informed by mine of the last evening, which was forwarded by your returning Express this morning, that I had, in consequence of the intimation contained in your Excellency’s former Letter, anticipated their Orders expressed in the...
It was not until 3 o’clock this afternoon, that I had the first intimation of the infamous and outrageous Mutiny of a part of the Pennsylvania Troops; it was then I received your Excellency’s Letter of the 21st by express, and agreeable to the request contained in it, I instantly ordered Three compleat Regiments of Infantry and a Detachment of Artillery to be put in motion as soon as possible;...
I do myself the honor to transmit your Excellency Copy of a Letter I have received from Mr Reuben Harvey of Cork in Ireland—and sundry papers which accompanied it. The early part this Gentleman appears to have taken in the cause of this Country, and his exertions in relieving the distresses of such of our fellow Citizens whom the chance of War threw into the hands of the Enemy, entitle him to...
I think it expedient to transmit to your Excellency a Copy of the Correspondence which has taken place between our Commissioners for superintending Embarkations in New York, and myself—from their several Reports, Memorials, and Remonstrances, Congress will be informed of the almost total inefficacy of the Measures which have been adopted for carrying the 7th Article of the Provisional Treaty...
I have received the honr of your Excellency’s favor of the 9th and am very much obliged to you for the Extracts from Mr Laurens Letters of the 15th of March & 5th of April—By these it does not appear that the British Ministry are in any haste either to evacuate New York or finish the Treaty—both of which are devoutly to be wished—The latter, as it will put a period to my public life, I look...
I have the honor of transmitting to your Excellency for the consideration of Congress, a Petition from a large number of Officers of the Army in behalf of them selves, and such other Officers and Soldiers of the Continental Army as are entitled to rewards in lands, and may choose to avail them selves of any Previledges and Grants which shall be obtained in consequence of the present...
The enclosed is Copy of a Letter I have just received from Sir Guy Carleton I take an early Opportunity to transmit it to your Excellency, for the Information & Consideration of Congress. With great Esteem & Respect I have the Honor to be sir Your Excellency’s Most Obedient and most humble Servant DNA : Item 152, Letters from George Washington, PCC—Papers of the Continental Congress.
I have the Honor to enclose to your Excellency the Copy of an Address to me, from the Generals and Officers commanding Regiments & Corps, together with my Answer to them. These Enclosures will explain the Distresses which resulted from the measures now carrying into Execution, in Consequence of the Resolution of Congress of the 26th of May—but sensibility occasioned by a parting Scene, under...
It is with great pleasure I refer to the consideration of Congress the observations contained in the enclosed Memorial, which was at my insistence put into my hands by Major Genl DuPortail for that purpose—And I am happy to observe that the more attention will be due to the sentiments expressed by that General Officer, because they appear not only to be the production of a well-informed mind,...
The enclosed Address from the Sergeants of the Connecticut Line of the Army, was presented to me a few Days ago; considering its subject and the manner of Expression, I think it not improper to transmit it to your Excellency, to be laid before Congress. The Difference mentioned, between them and the Soldier, in their Cloathing and Allowance of Lands, especially the latter, I think very...
The inclosed is a Copy of a Letter which I have this moment received from Sir Guy Carleton, in reply to mine of the 6th of May to him. I transmit it to your Excellency for the Information of Congress. I shall wait the Instructions of Congress before I answer Sir Guy respecting the Evacuation of Penobscot, in preference to his attendg to that of NYork; and will conform myself wholly to their...
The copy of my Letter of the 21st of April to His Excellency Sir Guy Carleton, with a Copy of his reply to me, which I had the Honor to transmit to your Excellency, will have informed Congress, that the 5th of this Month was agreed upon between us for an Interview at this place. In Consequence of this Arrangement I arrived here on the 4th. The Contingents of a Water passage in a frigate,...
I take the Liberty to mention to your Excellency, that, in attending to the Resolution of Congress of the 15th of April, respecting the posts in the United States occupied by the British Troops, I find it necessary to apply for a more particular Explanation of the Intentions of Congress than is there expressed. Taking it for granted that the Northern & Western Posts are included within the...
I have the honor to transmit to your Excellency for the observation of Congress a Copy of a Letter which I have written to Sir Guy Carleton in consequence of their Resolutions of the 15th instant—Also a Copy of Sir Guy’s Reply agreable to which I expect to meet him at Tappan, on the 5th of May. the Proceedings & Result of this Interview so far as shall be necessary I shall have the honor to...
I have just received a very pressing Letter from Baron De L Estrade requesting me to interest myself in procuring for him from the Court of France a Command in the Island of St Domingo—He has likewise sent me a similar Memorial to be presented to Congress—and which I now do myself the Honor to inclose. I put under this cover, for your Excellency’s perusal, my Letter to Doctr Franklin on the...
I find it a duty incumbent on me to communicate to your Excellency the present disposition & Temper of part of the Army—The Accounts of Peace which have been received at different times, have raised an Expectation in the Minds of the Men engaged for the War , that a speedy Discharge must be the Consequence.This Idea has been so deeply impressed, that it is become difficult to hold them under...
I have the Honor to transmit to your Excellency the Copy of a Letter which I received Yesterday from Sir Guy Carleton, by the Hand of Capt. Stapleton Deputy Adjut General to the British Army. I should have sent it off instantly by Express for the Information of Congress, but being told by Capt. Stapleton, that Dispatches had been sent out by Sir Guy Carleton & Admiral Digby, by Way of...
I have the Honor to transmit to your Excellency the inclosed Copies of a Letter and Papers which came to my Hands last Evening from Sir Guy Carleton: they are of such a Nature, that I have tho’t proper they should be communicated to Congress. I give them to your Excellency for that purpose. Altho the Complaints of the Indians may not be perfectly candid; it will rest with Congress to decide...
Your Excellency will permit me, with the most lively sensations of gratitude & pleasure, to return you my warmest Thanks for the Communication, you have been pleased to make to me and the Army, of the glorious News of a general Peace; an Event, which cannot fail to diffuse a general Joy throughout the United States: but to none of their Citizens a greater Share, than to the Officers &...
I was upon the point of closing the packet which affords a cover to this letter, when the Baron de Steuben arrived & put your obliging favor of the 17th Into my hands. I read it with much pleasure & gratitude, and beg you to accept my sincere thanks for the trouble you have taken to communicate the several matters therein mentioned; many parts of which, till then, were altogether new to me....
In a letter which I have lately received from the Marquis de la Fayette, he expresses a wish that my sentiments respecting his absence may be communicated to Congress. To comply with his desire, and not because I conceive the testimony of my approbation of it is wanting, I give your Excellency the trouble of this Letter. Congress have had too many unequivocal proofs of the Zeal—the attachment...
I have the Honor to transmit to Congress, a Copy of a joint Letter from Sir Guy Carleton and Admiral Digby to me, which accompanied the enclosed Treaty signed at Paris the 30th of Novemr which I take the earliest opportunity to forward, agreeable to their Desire. With the highest Esteem & Respect I have the Honor to be, Sir, Your Excellencys Most Obedient and Most humble Servant DNA : Item...
I have the honor to acknowledge your Excellency’s favor of the 12th inst. and to thank you most sincerely for the Intelligence you was pleased to communicate. The Articles of Treaty between America & Great Britain, are as full & satisfactory, as we have reason to expect—but from the connection in which they stand, with a general pacification, they are very inconclusive & contingent: from this...
The result of the proceedings of the grand Convention of the Officers, which I have the honor of enclosing to your Excellency for the inspection of Congress, will, I flatter myself, be considered as the last glorious proof of Patriotism which will have been given by Men who aspired to the distinction of a patriot Army; and will not only confirm their claim to the justice, but will encrease...
I have the Honor to inform your Excellency, for the satisfaction of Congress, that the Meeting of the Officers, which was mentioned in my last, has been held Yesterday: and that it has terminated in a manner, which I had reason to expect, from a knowledge of that good Sense & steady Patriotism of the Gentlemen of the Army, which, on frequent Occasions, I have discovered. The Report of the...
It is with inexpressible concern, I make the followg Report to your Excellency. Two Days ago, anonymous papers were circulated in the Army, requesting a general Meeting of the Officers on the next Day—A Copy of one of these papers is inclosed—No. 1. About the same Time, another anonymous paper purporting to be an Address to the Officers of the Army, was handed about in a clandestine manner: a...
Repeated Applications have been made to me, in favor of Major Villefranche and Capt. Lt Enfant, of the Corps of Engineers, for their individual promotions; and being again pressed upon me, by Major Genl Duportail, I take the Liberty, thro your Excellency, to submit to Congress, whether some general principles of promotion, applicable to this Corps, as well as others in the Army, might not be...
While Applications are making in favor of others, I cannot refrain from mentioning to Congress, the Case of Colo. Armand, with respect to promotion—Justice to that Gentleman, obliges me to express the Esteem I have of him, as an intelligent, active & very deserving Officer—one who has been zealous in the Service of the United States, and who, I am persuaded, has expended considerable Sums for...
I am sorry to have to acquaint your Excellency, for the information of Congress, that a project which I had formed for attacking The Enemys Post at Oswego, so soon as the Sleighing should be good, and the Ice of the Oneida Lake should have acquired sufficient thickness to admit the passage of the Detachment, has miscarried. The report of Colol Willet, to whom I had intrusted the Command of the...
Within these few days I have seen Printed Copies of—"A Remonstrance of the Council of the State of Vermont, against the Resolutions of Congress of the 5th of December"—addressed to Your Excellency; in which are several quotations from a letter of mine. Duty as well as inclination prompts me to lay before Congress the whole of that letter; and the one to which it was an answer. If it should be...
I should not have under taken at this time to Address myself, through Your Excellency, to Congress, on the present state of our Military & Political Affairs (which are so blended as scarcely to admit of seperation in the discussion) did I not apprehend my silence might perhaps be construed into remissness of my Official duties, or inattention to the public interests; and that some...
I have the melancholy task before me, of acquainting your Excellency and Congress of the death of Major General Lord Stirling. The remarkable bravery, intelligence, and promptitude of his Lordship to perform his duty as an Officer had endeared him to the whole Army; and now make his loss the more sincerely regretted. In consequence of the resolution of Congress of the 27th of Novembr, for...
Inclosed your Excellency will receive Ninety five dollars in Bank Notes; which, if my Subscription towards the support of the Revd Mr Caldwells children was only Twenty Guineas, is about the Sum. As the Bank Notes, I presume, are considered (in Philadelphia at least) as ready money I have adopted this expedient as the easiest and safest mode of making you the remittance and have the honor to...
I have to acknowledge the receipt of the Letter, your Excellency did me the honor to write on the 25th of Decr and to assure you of the great satisfaction I experienced from the agreeable communications you had the goodness to make. Enclosed your Excellency will find the original Certificate which was given by Mr Chittendon to the bearer of your Letter of the 11th Ulto. Nothing very...
I am honored with your Excellency’s Letter of the 11th instant—I thank you for the information communicated therein, and shall take measures for forwarding the Letter which was enclosed, by an early and safe conveyance. In conformity to the pleasure of Congress, expressed in their Resolve of the 8th of Novr I wrote to Sir Guy Carleton on the 20th. A Copy of that Letter, together with Copies of...
I recollect subscribing, when I was in Philadelphia last Winter, twenty or twenty five Guineas towards the support of the Children of the late Revd Mr Caldwell. No person has called upon me since for this money—I therefore take the liberty (as the Subscription paper was in your hands) of asking you to whom I am to pay this Sum? Mrs Washington who is now with me, offers her affectionate...
I am to acknowledge the recet of your Excellencys favor of the 27th Novembr and to thank you for the very polite manner in which you are pleased to express yourself, with respect to the correspondence between us, be assured, Sir, that nothing will give me more pleasure than to commmunicate to you any thing that may occur worthy your Notice. The apprehending of the persons mentiond in the...
Permit me sincerely to congratulate your Excellency upon your election to the Chair of Congress. I do myself the honor to transmit you the Copy of an information which has been sent to me by the Honble Lieut. Govr Bowen of Rhode Island. I am fully of opinion that the information is well founded, but considering the peculiar situation of the people of Vermont, I do not know how far my...
Your favor of 4 Oclock yesterday afternoon came to my hands this morning. The suggestions contained in it, I had before heard from New York; but thank you nevertheless for your attention, & communication of them. I have no idea of the Convention Troops being rescued by the detachment from N. Yk but if it shd take Post at the nearest navigation to their cantonmt it would countenance desertion,...