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I have this Morning heard Mr. Duffil upon the Signs of the Times. He run a Parrallell between the Case of Israel and that of America, and between the Conduct of Pharaoh and that of George. Jealousy that the Israelites would throw off the Government of Egypt made him issue his Edict that the Midwives should cast the Children into the River, and the other Edict that the Men should make a large...
2General Orders, 17 May 1776 (Washington Papers)
Capt. Wolverton’s Company of New-Jersey, is to join Genl Greene’s brigade—the Captain to take his orders from the General, respecting his post. An exact return of the pikes to be made without delay; and of the state of the arms in each regiment and corps, specifying the number of each kind, wanting to compleat. The damage done to Mr house yesterday by the bursting of one of the cannon, to be...
Inclos’d you have a Letter from Robert Morris Esqe Chairman of the secret Committee of Congress containing an Order for fourteen Musketts. The great necessity we are under for Arms, and your known attachment to the Cause will I doubt not stimulate you to forward them with all possible Expedition. I am Gentlemen Your most obedient humble Servant LS , in William Palfrey’s writing, RPJCB ....
Letter not found: to Clark & Nightingale, 17 May 1776. On 27 May Clark & Nightingale wrote to GW : “Your Favour of the 17th Instant . . . We have Rec’d.” This letter was apparently very similar to GW’s letter of this date to Nicholas and John Brown.
I this moment received by Express from Genl Schuyler an account of the melancholy prospect and reverse of our affairs in Canada: and presuming that the Letters which accompany this, will give Congress full information upon that Subject, I shall only add, that Genl Schuyler in pursuance of Orders from the Honble Commission[e]rs has directed Brigr Genl Sullivan to Halt his Brigade, as a further...
Richmond [Mass.] 17 May 1776. Asks GW “to consider that it is of the last, utmost importance to the cause, that the Militia be furnished with ammunition without loss of time.” Force, American Archives Peter Force, ed. American Archives . 9 vols. Washington, D.C., 1837–53. , 4th ser., 6:504. Valentine Rathbun (1724–1814), a prominent Baptist and Patriot leader in Berkshire County, made this...
I this Morning received Your Favor of the 13th Inst. with Its Inclosures, Conveying Intelligence of the Melancholly Situation of our Affairs in Canada; & am not Without My Fears, I confess, that the Prospect we had of possessing that Country of such Importance in the present Controversy is almost Over, or at best, that It will be Effected with much More Difficulty and Effusion of Blood than...
Your favor of the 14 Instant I received this morning and am exceedingly sorry for the sad reverse of fortune in our Affairs in Canada—they are rather alarming, But I still hope our vigorous exertions will be attended with success, Notwithstanding the present unpromising appearances, & that we shall yet acquire & maintain possession of that Country, so important to us in the present contest. I...
I received your favor of the 6 Inst. & am of Opinion as you have not a sufficient number of Armourers at Albany to repair the whole of the Arms in your possession that whatever more you have than can be repaired in a Conven[ien]t time, had better be sent immediately to the Armourers here—This will save much time which wou’d be lost were the Armourers to goe from hence & return again. I am &c....
I have the pleasure to inform your Excellency that the Armed Schooner Franklin, Captain Mugford this day took and bro’t into this Harbour a large Ship from Cork, Several other armed Schooners were in company. A Bill of Lading I have inclosed, by which you will see that she is a very valuable Prize; she carried four three pounders, and is about three hundred tons burthen. She came out the...