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1General Orders, 9 October 1779 (Washington Papers)
The General flatters himself that every officer from a consciousness of it’s being his duty and a laudable desire of becoming well acquainted with the new system of regulations, has paid all that care and attention to the study of them which the importance of the case requires, but lest there should be any who (by absence or other causes) have not had opportunity of perfecting themselves...
I have received Your Letter of the 5th Instant—and am much obliged to the Court for their attention in the case of John Springer Junior, and for committing him to the custody of the Sheriff. In a few days I shall give such orders about him—as will be consistent with justice and my duty to the public. In the mean time he will remain in custody of the Sheriff. His conduct in deserting to the...
By the inclosed Extract from Genl Orders, which I have the honor to transmit, You will perceive that a Certain John Springer has been tried “for seducing Soldiers to inlist in the British Army,[”] and sentenced in part, to be employed in some department of the Army or Navy, where he would not have an opportunity of deserting. Being fully persuaded that he cannot be employed in the former,...
I have been favd with yours of yesterday. Since I explained to you my motives for directing a change of your position, it has been my wish that you should take such an one, as would enable at the shortest notice to prevent the escape of the enemy by land should they attempt it, but at the same time to have a regard to your own safety. The particular spot I leave to your own discretion and...
I have been honored with your Excellency’s favor inclosing two acts of Congress of the 24th and 25th Ulto. While I express my sense of the approbation with which Congress have honored me, and my pleasure from the manner in which it has been communicated, permit me to congratulate you on the presidency with which you are vested. The army must feel the motives to a discharge of their duty...
I have your favr of the 7th inclosing a letter for Major Jameson who is in south Carolina. It shall be forwarded by the first opportunity. Should a certain operation take place, it will be necessary to establish a very regular communication with Long Island. These plans are better settled personally than by letter, I shall be glad to see you at Head Quarters. After leaving some person who can...
Should a co-operation with the French fleet take place, it will be indispensible to our measures to have in stock a considerable quantity of good ship-bread, and a much larger quantity of rum than usual. You will however, and at all events, turn your immediate attention to these two objects; so as to have in readiness, and as soon as possible, such quantities of these articles, as from your...
I have been informed by a Letter from Abraham Ackerman Esquire, at Pumpton, that the Sheriff of Bergen has in his custody a certain John Springer junior. This Man inlisted in Colo. Hazens Regiment in the Spring 1777—presently deserted and engaged with the Enemy. About the last of June or beginning of July he came to me at N. Windsor and said he had come to claim the benefit of a proclamation...