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In the Letter, which I had the honor of addressing to you on the 18 Instant—I mentioned the scanty size of many of the Blankets, which had come to the hands of the Cloathier. By this conveyance by Wm Jones, I think it proper to send one for the inspection of the Board—by which they will find—how much we have been deceived—and the public imposed on in this essential article of supply; and also...
Fredericksburg [ New York ] October 27, 1778 . Is pleased that D’Estaing will soon be able to put to sea. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
I have read Your Excellency’s two favours of the 18th and 21st, with all the pleasure, which the perusal of your letters never fails to inspire, and which naturally attends the communications of those in whom we are warmly interested. I rejoice with you in the prospect of your being so soon in a state to resume the sea—I cannot but ardently desire, that an opportunity may speedily be offered...
I received last night your two favours of the 25th with their inclosures. The intelligence from Major Gray corresponds in many respects with the general tenor of my advices—The circumstance of the Merchants packing up is what I have not yet obtained any satisfactory account of and is what I am particularly desirous to have ascertained, as it would be decisive of the enemy’s intention to...
Fredericksburg [ New York ] October 27, 1778 . Speculates on British intentions. Instructs Gates to obtain clothing for men and to return old clothing to deputy clothier general. LS , in writing of H, New-York Historical Society, New York City.
Last nigh[t] I received from General Gates one of your letters to him containing such intelligence as you had collected respecting the enemy and their motions —While I wish you to keep up your communication with the Genl I am to desire you to transmit me in the first instance every information which you may receive [in] the most expeditious conveyance. If Gen. Scotts station is the nearest...
I have been favoured with your Letter of the 21st Instant. I have not received General Du Portails plan of the works necessary for the defence of Boston and therefore, cannot determine the propriety of it. My wish is, that such works as are essential to its safety—and only such—may be erected. With respect to Captain McFall, as I know nothing of him—I can say nothing. He may be sincere in his...
Your Letter of the 5th of Septr came to my hands a Post or two ago. I thank you for your offer to look after the Plantation I held in King William, but having rented it to Mr Custis I have no longer occasion for the Superintendance of a Manager; there, or else where, in the lower parts of Virginia; and have to request, that all the Money you now possess, or may hereafter receive of mine before...
I have desired General Gates to draw upon you for cloathing for the three brigades with him, so far as they may be now deficient. This only extends to uniforms as I suppose there is a sufficiency of these remaining at Springfie[l]d and take it for granted all other kind of cloathing is already on its way I would not choose to have any thing whatsoever stopped on the road; which would only...
Fredericksburg [ New York ] October 27, 1778 . Instructs Measam to supply Major General Horatio Gates with new clothing. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.