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A Fever having confind me to my lodgings some days, debar’d me of the pleasure of waiting on your Excellency, and of making a Verbal instead of A written application to you in behalf and for the use of the State of South Carolina. Your Excellency has been partly a Witness to the unavoidable delays I have met with here, proceeding from a three months spell of Easterly winds and not sufficient...
I have received the Letter which you did me the Honour to write me the 12 of Novr. It would give me great Pleasure to do any thing in my Power consistant with the duty I owe to my Constituents to assist you. But the Advices you allude to are as great an Obstruction to you as to me. I have left no Measure unattempted, that Prudence could justify: but have neither procured any Money nor obtained...
Both your favors of the 17th & 22nd. ult I had the pleasure to receive about the latter end of the month, since which this place has been a Scene of Confusion and distress. The Inhabitants flying for Shelter to the Interior part of the state, and the Militia moving up with a tardiness which has given me more real Concern than the Enemys depradations have done as It evinces either disaffection...
L (draft): Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères Je viens d’être informé, M, que le Sr. Dohrmans, négt. à lisbonne, chargé de pourvoir aux besoins des prisonniers américains qui peuvent Se trouver en Portugal, néglige depuis quelque tems entiérement ce Service; le Consul du Roi à Lisbonne à écrit en conséquence à ce négociant la lettre dont je joins ici la copie; mais celuy cy a jugé à...
For the Day Tomorrow Brigadier General Paterson Colonel Nixon Lieutenant Colonel Littlefield Major Maxwell Brigade Major Darby DLC : Papers of George Washington.
On the 4th instt I arrived at this place in pursuance of your Excys directions of the 28th ulto And receiving intelligence of the appearance of the Enemy in the Lakes I immediately proceeded on to Saratoga, where I was necessarily detain’d untill yesterday, for the return of a flag, which had been previously sent in by Genl Schuyler and Colo. Gansevort; with a view of conferring with Majr...
Yesterday my Intelligencer from The Highlands of Neversink Informed me of The Approach of a Considerable Fleet from the Southward to Sandy Hook—& allso of a Considerable fleet Coming down from New York But Could not be particular in either as The Rear of Neither of the fleets was Come Too—The Fleet from New York I am Assured from good Authority has Troops on Board for Carolina and I belive to...
I feel a degree of regrett at making an application to your Excellency, which nothing but necessity would induce me to request. The length of my services are well known I presume to one of Your Observation. And did not the interesting Cares of a family whom I dearly love, call on me for my immediate Assistance & Support, I should with the highest degree of pleasure still persue Your...
The State of our provisions to the northward during our late alarms there detaind me much longer in that Quarter than I expected, I now however think I may venture to offer on to your Excellency, except in the article of beef, for which we must depend on other States, there is every probability they will during the course of the winter, be tolerably supplyd; these alarms having in many...
I have received your Excellency’s Letter of the 6th Current. It is amazing that a Man of a liberal Education, added to a common natural Understanding should venture his Reputation and Character on such unjust Complaints as are made against me to your Excellency and the Honorable Major General Heath, and then to proceed to the Prosecution before a General Court Martial of Charges on such...
Upon a full view of what (from the Returns) must be the state of our Army when the Levies leave it the first of January—and of the little prospect there is of getting the places of many, if any of them supplied by that time—and when the importance of West point and the Southern communication with it is taken into consideration I can think of no better disposition of the Army for Winter...
I have been honored with yours of the 9th instant. I hope your Excellency’s Representation to the honorable the Congress of the necessity of this Post being supplied with Flour before the Roads are Rendered impassable will have the desired effect. The commissary has just informed me that there is not a barrel of Flour in the Store; but the Troops are served for two days, in which time I hope...
Your Excellency will receive herewith enclosed, Copies of several Acts of Congress, of the 4th, 7th, 9th & 10th Instant. By that of the 4th, the several States therein mentioned, are called upon to levy a Tax equal to six Millions of silver Dollars, to be paid partly in specific Articles of Provision, & partly in Money, at the Times & in the Manner expressed. By the Act of the 7th, (a Copy of...
A Letter of yours dated Octobr (but which I believe ought to have been Novr)—the 6th came to my hands last Evening—Every fresh assurance of your personal regard & attachment to me, gives me pleasure. The motives which led you to the Southward are too laudable and too important not to meet my approbation. In that, or any other quarter in which you may act, my best wishes for your health...
Your favor of the 12th 14th and 29th ulto all came to hand by yesterdays post. How the two first were so long on the way I cannot tell. The disagreeable intelligence contained in them had reached me from other quarters. The blow upon the Western Frontier will be severely felt by us in the course of the Winter. Indeed I know not how we are to make up the disappointment in the Bread of that...
I have recd your favr of yesterday. If you can get certain intelligence of the time the enemy mean to come out, and can give me sufficient previous notice, I will send down a detachment from the Army to prevent the execution of their plan. You must, if possible, ascertain the force that they mean to bring over. The person who delivered your letter said he had no Newspapers given to him, as...
In answer to your Letter of the 10th I can only observe: that it is not in my power to give any particular explanation to the views of Congress in the establishment of the Regiment of Artificers, beyond what is expressed in their Act. Nor do I know, with precision, what proportion of Artillery or Quarter Master Artificers may be necessary with the Army. I would therefore wish you to have a...
I have not been honored with any of your Excellency’s favors since mine of the 4th instant—neither have I received any intelligences from New York contradicting what I communicated in that letter, on the contrary, the accounts seem confirmed. I have lately made an exchange of a considerable number of prisoners with Sir Henry Clinton—part of the British are at Rutland in Massachusetts Bay, and...
Your Excellencys favor of the 6th Instant I had the honor to recieve last night. I have had several emissaries on the Grants since my last letter, they have all returned but with out that full Information which I expected, some of these have obtained the Inclosed copies of letters, the first of which is an answer to one Carried into Canada by the suspected person, at least so the reports...
You will (I doubt not) forgive my neglect in not writing you when I assure you that I have had nothing to communicate which Could give you pleasure or avoid giving you pain—& that I was unwilling to add to the pressure which your mind has been so Long accustomed to—to Enumerate the Evils which have flown from party Spirit from inattention and from other Sources would fill a volume in Folio. we...
I hope the Proceedings of the Court of Enquiry on my Conduct have e’er this reached your Excellency’s Hands. A Consciousness of the Rectitude of my Intentions & Conduct, while in the Service of my Country, induces me to expect an honorary Report from them. I now remain solicitous, only about properly publishing to my Countrymen & fellow Citizens & especially to my late Brother Officers, in...
I have recd your favr of the 30th October by Capn Moulton. I am sorry for the unfortunate stroke upon your Regt at Fort George, but I cannot but think it extraordinary that you should furlough the remainder at a time when their services were so essentially necessary—By the new establishment of the Army, your Regiment with all the other Corps upon the same foundation (Colo. Hazens excepted) is...
Mr Lenox an Assistant to Mr Sproat Comy of Naval Prisoners mentioned to me yesterday that Genl Philips was to embark in a few days with a force sufficient to take possession of some Heighth on the Delaware which was to be fortified in such a Manner as to put an effectual Stop to the Navigation of that River; I think he mentioned Wilmington Heighth. He also acquainted me that a hundred Naval...