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I had the Honor of receiving your favor of the 1st. instant by Mr. Searle, who arriv’d here two daies ago and intends to pursue his Journey tomorrow. You will receive by this post from our friend here a full account of the Amn. News such as we have it here by the two vessels arriv’d at L’Orient from Phila., and at Bourdx. from Maryland, tho’ you must have more authentic intelligence in your...
The Bearer Mr. John Lewis is master of a sloop which almost from the Commencement of the war has been in the public service. At the close of the present season his vessel with all the other craft in the like employment were discharged; but without being paid for a long time even from eight months to two years past as he informs me. Since their discharge they have drawn no provisions; and being...
Copy: Library of Congress Mr. Franklin delivered the Proposition in Writing to Mr. Vergennes, who read it and said, Je tacherai d’arranger tout cela pour vous . Mr. F. mentioned it afterwards to Mr. de Chaumont, who said it was not necessary, for that M. Cotin had now the means of making the Affair easy. Mr. F. is ready always to give the Promisses in gross, and desires to do that till the...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Je Suis penetrez Monsieur de reconnaissanse pour les offres obligante que vous Daignez me faire et La Confianse dont vous mhonoré jen Sens Tous le prix mais jugez de ma position. Jé ici une femme et une fille quy croyoit mavoir perdu et quy mayant retrouvé depuis un nombre Dannées craignant que je ne Leur Echape Encore, je ne puis me refuser a leur...
Since my Letter of Yesterday, I have the Pleasure to inform your Excellency, that by an Express just receivd from Col. Hay, I understand, that he has directed one hundred Barrels of Flower to be sent up for the Use of Fort Schuyler which togather with ninety Barrels, collected with difficulty on the Mowhawk River, will supply the Garrison untill the first of May. The Govrnor informs me that...
I was honoured with your Excellency’s favour of yesterday and am obliged to you for the pleasing information of the insurgents having moved on to Trenton and given up the british Emissaries, from which good effects must certainly derive. how happy Should I be, My Dear General, if Congress can fall upon measures to accommodate this unfortunate affair with dignity to them Selves and without...
I would have wrote your Excellency on my arrival at Princetown—but did not like to give you trouble as General Wayne informed me he had acquainted you minutely of every particular—the late turn affairs have taken you are also informed of—It was an exceeding unfortunate proposal of the Committee of Congress & Governor Reed—to take the Mens Oaths—a number of the enlistments being lost—all these...
I had last evening the honor of your Excellencys favor of the 9th. Our people were thunder struck by the accounts brought by General Knox. I hope they and the several States seeing the evils which will necessarily result from the revolt of the Pennsylvania line will be induced to pursue such measures as shall prevent the like in future by removing in time every just cause of complaint from the...
In Obedience to your Excellencys Desire by your favour of the 12th, I set out the night before last from Morris Town and got to this Place this Morning, where I have had an interview with Colonell Barber. My Information with Respect to the Negotiation which I communicated on the 15th was right—The Terms of it are that all those enlisted for the Bounty of Twenty Dollars, and whose Enlistments...
the Legislature of this State have passed a Law to make up the depreciation of pay to our line. Commissioners are appointed to Immediately settle with us—This seems to give pretty general satisfaction for the present. But I fear the Pennsylvania Menouvre Relative to the discharges of those men who were Enlisted to serve for three years or dureing the war, will have a bad Effect upon some of...
RC ( LC : Madison Papers). Address sheet is missing, but the letter’s context and its presence in the Madison Papers permit no doubt that JM was the recipient. I was in doubt whether to write you by this post or not as I intend seting out in a day or two for Philadelphia and should probably have the pleasure of taking you by the hand before my Letter wod. arrive but as we have yet in this...
Fort Pitt, 17 Jan. 1781. Acknowledges receipt of letter of 12 Oct. 1780. Has information from Detroit that the Indians are in council there and expects “they are meditating with the British to attack these frontier posts, as soon as the season will permit.” The orders to James Francis Moore to purchase rations “on this side the Mountain” will distress the troops there “and probably greatly...
I am now, with the Troops under my command, at this place by Order of Genl. Nelson. I have to inform your Excellency, that there is not a fourth part of the Regiment supplied with Amunition, and as I am Ordered by the General to join the Baron, and begin my March early tomorrow, unless Amunition is sent on, or ordered to follow me I shall find myself in rather an awkward situation. Your...
Yesterday Capt. Shannon who is a Commissary of Purchases for this department apply’d to me to Countersign Sundry Bills which he had drawn for Purchases that he had made here. Colo. Clark under whose appointment he Acts being absent was the cause of this Application. It being the first of the kind and my knowing very little about the Purchases together with the several sums amounting to...
This will be delivered your Excellency by an Officer of Colo. Armand ’s Corps who will also present a List of some few articles necessary to render that Corps fit for Service. The absolute necessity of employing this Corps induces me to request your Excellency’s assistance in procuring these Articles for the expence of which I will answer for the Continent. The advantages of a Superiority in...
I must request your Excellency to order 200,000 Dollars to be paid to Mr. Benj. Harrison Subject to my orders for which the United States is to be accountable. I am &c. FC ( NHi ). RC (not found) was enclosed in a letter from Steuben to Benjamin Harrison of the same date, FC of which is also in NHi .