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Since I had the honor last to write your Excellency I have been closely employed in forming the Militia who have been comeing to our Aid into Brigades and making other necessary arrangments. Two thousand men have been & still are advanced near this Town about 1500 at Butts hill and the remainder at Howlands and Bristol Ferry perhaps a greater spirit never was discovered than has been on the...
General Howe intimated to me that it was Your Excellencys pleasure that when the Eastern Militia arrived, I should employ the Garrison, on the defences of the place & such Services as appeared most essentially necessary & usefull—This day Col. Wade who Commands the Bay Troops is come in & informs me that 800 or 1000 men will be at the Water Side this Evening—the Hampshire Militia are at...
Colo. Gemat arrived here last night, by whom I had the honor to receive Your Excellency’s request, that I would send instructions for the second Division coming from France, with respect to the measures which it should pursue for forming a junction with the first. I beg leave to inform Your Excellency that I wrote to the Count de Rochambeau, agreable to my Letter to you of the 27th Ulto and...
I have received Your Letter of this date and am exceedingly sorry that any events should occur to require You to be absent from the Army. I am convinced that those on which you have founded your request, are of a delicate & interesting nature; or that You would not have made it. In this view I cannot but consent to your going home, and I will not undertake to limit the day of your return. I am...
I mentioned to Genl Howe that you wish’d to have a Copy of the Signals of Alarm for West Point—He informs me that He left it with the commandg officer there—but lest it should be mislaid I will make Application to Capt. Bannister at Verplanks (who believe me Dear Genl is an attentive & very intelligent Officer) to transmit it to you by this first Opportunity—Excuse me for reminding you of the...
Your several favors of July 19. 21. and 22. are now before me. I have enquired into the state of the Cartouch boxes which were sent from our magazine. The Quarter master assures me they were in very good order. I must therefore conclude that the 300 complained of by Genl. Stevens were some sent from Petersburg by the Continental Quarter master or that they were pillaged of the leather on the...
Copy: Library of Congress L’avt. [avant] derniere lettre que M. Le Cte. de Vergennes vous a addressée, Monsieur, étoit accompagnée de plusieurs Lettres originales de M. Adams, comme nous en avons besoin, vous m’obligerez beaucoup Si vous voulez bien avoir la Complaisance de Me les renvoyer le plus promptement qu’il sera possible. J’ai l’honneur d’être avec autant de Considération que...
The great demand which has arisen for Beef in the western parts of North Carolina for the army there, has rendered it proper to discontinue your purchases in that state: as also to supply General Gates’s army with so much of what you have as he shall call for. I am in hopes he will not find the whole necessary as the post in Albemarle, depending on your supply, is not otherwise provided for...
His Excellency desires you to order One hundred Men from the Artillery and Infantry to take Colo. Lambs directions for making up Cartridges—The proportion will be 20 of the first and 80 of the last if so many can be found acquainted with the Business. If not, the Artillery must be increased. I am Sir your most obt Servt DLC : Papers of George Washington.
Have hitherto had a Guard of twenty five men at this place, likewise and equal number at the port at Sussex Court House, the greatest part of the slower is now forwarded, have reduced the Guards to a Serjt & twelve at each port, thinking since the capture of Moody I had little danger to apprehend. The Milittia continues on duty without grumbling, the hurry of their work being over, I think my...