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Letter not found: to Richard Peters, 8 June 1788. On 27 June Peters wrote GW : “I have the Honour of your Letter of the 8th inst.”
Herewith, you will not only receive the Outlines &ca (asked for yesterday) but the Appendix thereto; and other productions from the same quarter; which, when you have done with, be so good as to return. These, or some of the Papers, may be of use to a Committee, if Congress should incline to take up the subject of Agriculture. Your observations, with the return of the Papers, will be very...
I have received with much pleasure, your agricultural enquiries on Plaister of Paris; and thank you for the honor of, and the affectionate sentiments contained in, the Dedication. I shall be obliged by your furnishing me with two or three more copies of them, one of which I will send by the first opportunity to my correspondent, and zealous supporter of Agriculture—Sir John Sinclair.. With...
Letter not found: to Richard Peters, 6 April 1788. On 27 April Peters wrote GW : “I was honoured yesterday with yours of the 6th instant.”
Letter not found: to Richard Peters or the Board of War, 15 Oct. 1777. GW’s aide-de-camp Tench Tilghman docketed Peters’s letter to GW of 7 Oct. in part: “Ansd 15th.”
Receive my thanks for the information given in your letter of the 3d of July, and for the offer you have obligingly made, of procuring for me, seed of the Yellow bearded Wheat. Influenced by the opinion, which prevailed some years since that that kind of Wheat would resist the Hessian fly, I then procured seed of it, & have kept my self in stock ever since, to make use of it upon a larger...
I must request the favr of you to put the Box of Adjutant General’s papers which are at the War Office into the hands of Mr Mitchell with directions to forward them to Head Quarters by a careful hand. Be pleased to inform him of their consequence that he may give the stricter charge. I must also trouble you respecting my Box of private papers which are at York Town. If you will inform Lt Colo....
I do myself the pleasure to acknowledge your Favor of the 19th inst. pr Capt. McClain, and thank you for the intelligence you have communicated; the perticular mode you have adopted to obtain information, I think may be very usefully employed, and is a fortunate expedient, the necess i ty of its use to our present operations is happily at an end, if continued it may be of importance to some...
I have the honor of yours of the 16th instant. I have directed that only a Captn and 50 Men of Colo. Hogans may be left at Trenton that you may have as great a number as possible in Philada. I wish it were in my power to comply fully with your request for Troops, but I have had so many demands upon me from quarters exposed to the Enemy, all of which I have been obliged in some measure to...
I am directed by a Resolve of Congress of the 10th Inst. to transmit to the Board of War a list of the Appointments made in Consequence of the powers with which I am invested by Congress, together with a Copy of all Commissions originating from and issued by me. I have made no appointments out of the Military line, but James Mease Esq: Cloathier Genl with a Salary of 150 dollars ⅌ Month. And...
If you are done with the Pamphlets & Papers which I put into your hands, be so good as to return them, as the Gentleman from whom they were taken, when sent to you, has had no opportunity yet of forming an opinion on them. Such observations as you have made I would thank you for. Yours &ca ALS , PHi : Peters Manuscripts. The requested agricultural pamphlets and papers originally had been...
I am this Moment favor’d with yours of 10th Inst.—As I am an utter stranger to any want of Arms in Colo. Armand’s Corps, I am pleas’d that you have fallen upon so judicious a Mode of supplying him, should it appear upon inquiry that he wants so many, which at present I can scarcely believe; however after proper Examination the necessary Steps shall be taken respecting it—should Arms be granted...
I have now before me your Two Favors of the 15th & 23d Inst. I have not the proceedings of the Court Martial respecting Hudson Burr. The Crime alleged against him, I recollect, was not supported by the State of the Evidence submitted to me, and therefore I refused to confirm the Court’s sentence—At the same time being informed, that he was a Citizen of Philadelphia, I advised Genl Sullivan to...
I am favd with yours of the 16th. The Spears have come to hand, and are very handy and will be usefull to the Rifle Men. But they would be more conveniently carried if they had a sling fixed to them, they should also have a spike in the But end to fix them in the Ground and they would then serve as a rest for the Rifle. The Iron plates which fix the Spear head to the shaft should be at least...
When I had the pleasure to be at your house last Summer you shewed me a triangular harrow with trowel tines for the purpose of cultivating your dell Crops. The appearance was preposs[ess]ing. But I forgot whether you spoke of its merits from theoritical, or practical knowledge. If the latter, will you permit me [to] request the favor of you to direct your workmen to furnish me with one...
Permit me to recommend Colo. Fairfax (the bearer of this) to your Friendly notice while he stays in Philadelphia. He is Son of our late President (who is but just dead) and nearly related to the present Lord Fairfax Proprietor of this Neck. Business calling him to England, he is proceeding hence to New York, hoping to get a Passage in the Packet or some Ship of War; & being a Stranger in your...
I am favd with yours of the 21st: Colo. Bland who is now here informs me that the Cannon that were in the Rariton were weighed by his directions and that they are upon one of the Wharfs at Brunswic. One of them is 8 Inches and the other seven in the Bore, they are very long. The Colo. thinks they are good. There are likewise two dble fortifyed fours. They had better be sent for from...
I am favd with yours of the 5th and 6th instant. That of the 5th incloses Copy of a letter from an officer commanding a Regiment to a Member of Congress complaining of particular slight of his Regt by the Commissary, as there is no name to the letter it is impossible for me to inquire into the Matter. I never before knew that there was any partiality shewn to the other Officers in preference...
I am favd with yours of the 30th May. Mr Boudinot Commy of prisoners is gone down to Congress to lay before them a State of that department and from him you will learn that Sir Wm Howe would not permit Mr pintard to act as Agent for prisoners by Virtue of any Commission from me, but assented to his being allowed to distribute any money or necessaries that might be sent in. Mr Boudinot can...
Until last week, I had no suspicion that the Hessian fly was among my Wheat; but upon examination I found there were many. They have come too late, this year, however, to do me much damage; but as I view them as the harbingers of those who will visit me next year, I would guard, as far as it may be in my power, against the threatned evil. Permit me therefore to ask, if from your own...
I was duly favd with yours of the 11th inst. The inattention of the Officers to the dress of their Men has been I beleive one principal cause of their present bareness and want of Cloathing. I have repeatedly given positive orders that such a list of Necessaries as you call a Rag Roll, should be kept and the Articles weekly inspected, but that, like too many other wholesome Regulations has...
I thank you for keeping in mind my request concerning Oats. For seed I want them. The purchase depends upon three things—yea four. 1 the quality. 2 the time they could be delivered in this City. and 3 the certainty of a passage to the Potomac. 4th not having heard yet from my Manager, how much he requires, I cannot be precise myself as to the quantity. All therefore I would further request of...
I have the honor of yours of the 7th instant—As there is not probably a sufficiency of Mittens for the whole Army, a partial distribution would occasion uneasiness among those who were not supplied. Instead therefore of a general delivery, I should think it better to have them lodged with the Cloathiers attending the Army to be delivered out occasionally to detachments going upon a duty that...
Yours dated the 19th last Month only reached me this Morning. Ezekiel Cheever Esq: is Commissary of Military Stores at Springfeild and is the person to whom you are to apply for Returns of all that are at that place. The draft of the Spear is exactly what I meant and wish that both they and the Cannisters for Cartridges may be sent forward as quick as possible. If the Cannisters are filled...
I am favd with yours of the 13th on the subject of the Militia which have been stationed at Easton, Bethlehem and Reading. The matter is new to me as I do not recollect ever to have ordered a Man of them to either of the above places. Colo. Nicholas Invalids have been at Easton and Bethlehem where they were kept as a Guard to the Hospitals and Stores, and therefore Militia were not necessary...
I have been duly honored with your favour of the 11th with its inclosure. The general plan of the proposed regulation appears to me to be a very good one. There is however one alteration which I think would be an improvement—Instead of referring the settlement of accounts, with the officers who have given certificates, to the Auditors, they may be left in cases which respect their departments,...
I am favd with yours of the 18th with a Return of our military Stores in the different States. I sincerely wish they were more numerous, but I hope the Gentlemen of the Secret Committee in whose department it falls to import these Articles, have been taking care to procure a further supply. Major Nicholas who is just returned from the Eastward informs me that a large quantity of lead has...
Excuse my giving you the perusal of a letter that is tinctured with compliment. Pass these over, and solve the queries & doubts of the author; and you will much oblige Yr Obedt Servt ALS , PHi : Dreer Collection. On the cover of this letter, GW wrote: “Expecting Mr Peters might be in Town, this letter was sent to Colo. [Francis] Johnston’s; not finding him there, & the Ship by which the P——...
I had the honor of receiving yours of the 24th ulto on the Road between Fredericksburg and this place. As soon as the Troops destined for the Middle Brook Cantonment have arrived at that Ground I shall detach one Regiment to Philada and another to Trenton agreeable to the desire of the Board. I shall set out for Middle Brook in the Morning, at which place I expect to meet two of the Virginia...
Mr Young informs me, by a letter which I have lately received from him, that the accounts, relative to the state of agriculture, which I had collected from various quarters and transmitted to him last fall, have set him afloat on the High Seas of conjecture with respect to the Agriculture of this Country. The account which you had the goodness to prepare for me was among the number of those...