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MS ( LC : Madison Papers). On 6 October 1780, having agreed two days before upon its instructions to John Jay, United States minister to Spain, Congress named a committee comprising JM as chairman, John Sullivan, and James Duane to draft a letter to Jay “explaining the reasons and principles” underlying the instructions ( Journals of the Continental Congress , XVIII, 908). At some time between...
I had the honor of forwarding to you two months ago, some Letters of your husband, deliver’d to me at Paris; and two small pack’s that I suppose to be silk handkerchiefs, or some goods of the same kind. I do not know if you have Receiv’d them. I beg you would inform me of it, that I could inquire after, if they are not in your hands. There is I believe a french fregate, going soon for France;...
Your Third Proposition is to shew that America, notwithstanding the War, daily increases in Strength and Force.” It is an undoubted Fact that America, daily increases in Strength and Force: but it may not be so easy to prove this to the Satisfaction of an European, who has never been across the Atlantick. However some Things may be brought into Consideration, which may convince, if properly...
Amsterdam, 6 Oct. 1780. Dupl in John Thaxter’s hand ( PCC , No. 84, II, f. 285–287). printed : Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev. Francis Wharton, ed., The Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States , Washington, 1889; 6 vols. , 4:83–84. Received by Congress on 29 Jan. 1781, this letter consisted of an English translation of the decree of 30 Aug. by Maria I, Queen of...
I am thankful for your late favor and shall send you the Books desird by first opportunity. Mr. Henr. Laurens was brought to Town last night, rather in better health. He was lodgd that night in the Messengers House in Scotland Yard, and denyd all sort of communication with his friends—or those who wishd to speak to Him. He was Examined at noon at Lord G. Germains and committed by a Warrant of...
Copy: Library of Congress I have the honour of Sending your Excellency inclosed, an extract of a Letter I have lately recd. from London, desiring the release of certain Prisoners therein named, taken by American Privateers, & now confined at St. Omers. Being desirous of repaying as soon as possible the Prisoners I owe, for those I recd. from England some time past, & being promised that if...
AL : American Philosophical Society Mon premier soin avant de rentrer chés moi a été d’aller demander a Mr le curé si les porteurs de Mr Terrasson étoient des doméstiques a lui et si cela le gésneroit [de] vous les préster, le curé m’a dit que les porteurs étoient deux ouvriérs du village qui appartenoient a tous ceux qui les payoient; j’en ai fait venir un qui vous reméttra cette léttre et...
ALS : Historical Society of Pennsylvania Mr Laurens has been so ill as to retard his journy up to London very much. He arrivd in rather better health on Thursday night, & was this day examind at Lord G Germaines office & committed to the Tower— The first night he was kept at the Messengers House in Scotland Yard, & taken from thence to Lord Go Gs office about noon. He was watchd & kept very...
9General Orders, 6 October 1780 (Washington Papers)
For the day Tomorrow Brigadier General Glover Lieutenant Colonel Commandant Sherman Lieutenant Colonel Huntington Major Moril Brigade Major Oliver The General will beat at seven ô Clock tomorrow morning—the Assemblé at half past eight—and the march will commence at nine precisely_the Quarter master General will furnish the route and order of march. A detachment from the fourth Massachusetts”...
Congress having received information that there were good grounds to beleive that a number of respectable Citizens of South Carolina, prisoners of War by the capitulation of Charlestown, had been seized upon and confined on board a Ship of War, have directed me to enquire of Your Excellency, whether such arrests and confinement have been made, and for what reasons. You will oblige me by making...