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Tis with a sad Heart I take my pen to write to you because I must be the bearer of what will greatly afflict and distress you. Yet I wish you to be prepaired for the Event. Your Brother Elihu lies very dangerously sick with a Dysentery. He has been very bad for more than a week, his life is despaired of. Er’e I close this Letter I fear I shall write you that he is no more. We are all in great...
Copy: New York Public Library <Philadelphia, August 10, 1775: You will receive herewith 2400 pounds of gunpowder, to be forwarded to General Schuyler at the earliest opportunity. We have heard that a great and “superfluous” quantity of lead, an article much needed here, was captured at Ticonderoga. If you have it, and can load a parcel of it on the returning wagon, we shall be obliged and...
ALS : New York Public Library I did myself the Honour of Writing to you by the Return of your Express on the 8th Instant. Immediately after dispatching him, it occurr’d to me to endeavour the obtaining from our Committee of Safety a Permission to send you what Powder remain’d in our Hands; which tho’ it was thought scarcely safe for our selves to part with it, they, upon my Application and...
4General Orders, 10 August 1775 (Washington Papers)
It is a matter of exceeding great Concern to the General, to find, that at a time when the united efforts of America are exerting in defence of the common Rights and Liberties of mankind, that there should be in an Army constituted for so noble a purpose, such repeated Instances of Officers, who lost to every sense of honour and virtue, are seeking by dirty and base means, the promotion of...
Your Excellencies’ humble petitioners, We, the Subscribers, Officers of the Regiment, Commanded by Colonell Samuell Gerrish, Esqr.: formerly in the Massachusetts Colony Service, now in the Continental, humbly beg Leave to inform your Excellency, that the most, and even more than 2 thirds of us, have been here in actual Service, since the Beginning of the Campaign, and been to a vast Deal of...
Your Fa⟨vor of the 2d Inst. is⟩ duly received, but it is out of ⟨my Power to Comply⟩ with the Request it contains, of f⟨orwarding Com⟩missions. All those I have yet rece⟨ived from the⟩ Honble Continental Congress, are far short ⟨of the Number⟩ required in this Army: for which Rea⟨son when⟩ at New York, & by Letter from this, I direct⟨ed Genl⟩ Schuyler to apply to the Congress at Phila. ⟨for⟩...
on the 8th Instant, Lambert Bromitt and Benjamin Silsby the Persons that accompany this Letter put in here from Boston, as they say on accot of the Weather, as they have been Conversing wth some of the Inhabitants of this place, we have Reason to Suspect they may carry some Inteligence wch might be determental to the cause of America, We have Examined them, & finding their Intention was to...
The subscribers commend “the conduct and undaunted courage of William Lee” at the Battle of Bunker Hill. “He not only fought well himself but give good advice to the men, to place themselves in right order and to stand their ground well, the said William Lee belonging to Capt. Spauldin’s company in Colo. Reed’s Regiment, and is the first or orderly sergeant of Capt. Spaulding’s company and as...
“Capt. Baldwin, the Bearer hereof, has been for three Months past engaged as an Engineer in the Service of the united Colonies. he was upon Bunker’s Hill, & behaved very well thro’ the Engagment. . . . He has no Birth in the Army, If any Vacancy presents, & he can be advanced I doubt not he will do Honor to his Office.” LS , DLC:GW . Although Jeduthan Baldwin (1732–1788) of Brookfield, Mass.,...
“A Return of the Names of some of the Officers and Gentlemen in Genl Wards Regimt who Distinguish’d themselves by Valour and Courage in the Days of Engagement:” Capt. Seth Washburn, Capt. Samuel Wood, Lt. Loring Lincoln, and Lt. Joseph Livermore, all at Bunker Hill; “Mr Thomas Davison a Volunteer in the Service, and Lieutenant in the Malitia,” at Hog Island, Bunker Hill, and Light House...