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119 June., 19 June 1776 (Adams Papers)
19 June. The congress resolved in regard to several letters, particularly one of 16 June from George Washington, that commissions given by Brigadier General Sullivan to officers in Canada be confirmed and that $300,000 be sent to the paymaster general in New York ( JCC Worthington C. Ford and others, eds., Journals of the Continental Congress , 1774–1789, Washington, 1904–1937; 34 vols. , 5:465).
I am desirous of writing, tho’ without a flow of spirits. The reason of the last is not any disagreeable news to be transmitted from this neighbourhood; but an apprehension that the crisis is hastening which will deprive me of some valuable friends, nobly falling in the cause of the Continent, & what is more of Liberty. Heaven grant that their number may be small; & that they may be such as...
Since my Letter on the 18th Inst. I have Nothing further in Charge from Congress that particularly relates to yourself, or the Army immediately under your Command. I have wrote to the Conventions of the Jerseys and New York, and to the Assembly of Connecticut on the Subject of the Resolve, Inclos’d in my last and have pressed them to a Compliance with the Request therein contained. Mr Bedford...
I have the Pleasure of Informing His Excellency of our taking two Prises one A Ship of 250 Tons Burthen the Sloop 35 Tons Bound to Sandy hook the Ship from Glasgow with one Compy of the 42d Regt Who was taken by one of Admiral Hopkins’s fleet who took the Soldiers on Board & Sent the Ship for Rhode Island Soon after was Taken by the Cerberus Frigate & Sent her under Convoy of the Above Sd...
Whilst I was in Conference with the Oneida Indians who returned from Canada, I received a Letter from General Arnold and another from Dr Stringer Copy of one and Extract of the Other I do myself the Honor to inclose Your Excellency, and congratulate You on the Success of our Arms as Communicated by Dr Stringer. I could wish he had been more Explicit, That we have had the Advantage I believe...
6General Orders, 19 June 1776 (Washington Papers)
A working party consisting of nine hundred men properly officered to parade to morrow morning at Six O’Clock near the Artillery park—Those of Bailey’s and Read’s Regiments to go to Powle’s-hook—Wyllys’s to Governor’s Island—All of the other Regiments to parade at the Laboratory, and there receive orders from the Chief Engineer. The whole of the above men to be furnished with one days...
I wrote your Excellency on the 20th April ultimo Desiring that the papers might be remitted to me, which were taken withe the two p[r]izes bro’t into this port Last Winter by Capt. Coit. my Letter must have miscaried, as I have recd no answer to it —on this account the Tryal of these two Vessels has been postponed from time to time, as no evidence can be had against them, but from those...