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The Executive (on the publick account) are under a Difficulty which will be sufficiently explained by the within Paper. You will perceive by that that we propose to refer the Matter to Arbitration in another State: nevertheless we suppose the only question which occasions a Doubt (that is whether if Mr Nathan took up the Bills bona Fide as he alledges, he is entitled to a paiment in hard Money...
I received this afternoon your two letters one of the 21 of february the second of the first of march. I have not time enough to enquire how it happened so, but I am exceedingly sorry of that accident. I will do all my endeavours for Reparing it as much as it is possible. I will set off two morrow morning and I will go as fast as my horses will be able to do. I will go by new windsor and...
In my Letter dated the 2d. Instant, I had the honor to inform your Excellency of the difficult movements of the Army, and other occurences, since my Arrival. Our Light parties are constantly harrasing the Enemy, a party composed of Lees Corps; and a Company of Riflemen, under the Command of Colo. Lee, upon moving towards the Lines, were fired upon by a large party of the Enemy, posted in...
The allowance of £80–6 for a Coat, waistcoat, hat, a pair of Breeches, 2 shirts, 2 pair stockings and 2 pr. shoes, and £3. for a blanket to the soldiers to whom such articles are due, having become, by the Depreciation, infinitely below their value; I beg leave to solicit your Excellency in behalf of the poor men, that application be made to the Assembly, to increase that allowance to...
I am to inform Your Excellency that I embarked in Company with the Barons aid, from York on Saturday Morning, in A State Boat belonging to Anapolis who had also dispatches on board from the Marquis de la Fayte to the French Naval Commanding Officer. At the time we left York the wind was fair for the Capes but hazey, which in the Afternoon clear’d up, when we discoverd two large Sloops from...
The danger which th[r]eatend the State has occasioned the calling together the Legislature, and as I have no doubt but that the principal object of their attention will be the security of the State I take the liberty of submiting to your Excellency, some observations, which I think worthy their attention. However happy a turn Affair[s] may take it is not to any Efforts of ours, but to the...
I had the Honor of receiving a Letter from your Excellency yesterday without a date in Answer to that, which I took the Liberty of writing of the 18 Ultimo and am Sorry to find your Excellency equally sensible with me of the Absurdity of the Idea taken up in Europe of the future formidableness of America. I was in Hopes, that my fancy on that Head was not well-founded and that the folly of...
Your Letters of February 28th and March 3d were received yesterday and this Day. It is utterly out of our Power to send the Arms and Cartouch Boxes to Hanover Courthouse which you desire. Every one fit for Service has been delivered out. You will certainly get such of your men armed below as shall be without arms, as there are spare arms under the orders of Baron Steuben drawn down to the...
Doctr. Winship left this City Today and has been so kind as to take into his Care two small Packages. I could not impose more on his Goodness. I hope they will escape Thieves and all Injury from Wet or Rubbing. I have cautioned and he has promised. You will find at Mrs. Lovell’s or Mr. Smith’s after the Doctr. reaches Boston, a Package in a very coarse Wrapper. It contains your Band Box, your...
Tr ( LC : Force Transcripts). Addressed to “The Honble James Maddison jr Esqr Philada.” Another copy is printed in the Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society , 2d ser., XIX (1905), 123–24. I have yr favr of the 13th past and thank you for the foreign Intelligence, on which head we are made to expect something more Interesting this week, by an Account which a Gentleman Affirms he...
[William] Boswell one of the Southern riders stationed at Abram Mitchell’s within 15 Miles of Taylors ferry. He had letters for Genl. Greene which had gone from hence to his station in 48 Hours. He had then had them 6 hours when Mr. [John] Jones saw him, and ensisted on Mr. Jones’s taking the letters (tho’ an utter stranger to him) and tho’ he was not going to Taylor’s ferry. Mr. Jones took...
I have had the Honour of Receiving your Excellencys Favour of the 25th Ult. by Lt Torrey Respecting the Detention of some Hospl Stores, & the reasons said to be Alledged by me for such Detention. I must Observe in Justice to my Character, that your Excellency has formed a true Judgment that there was Some Misapprehension on the part of those who have Reported to you, which are that the Reasons...
Baron Steuben has sent to this Place a number of the Levies raised under the act of assembly passed at the Session of May 1780, whom he declines retaining as unfit for Service. It was his Desire that it should be made known to the assembly. I therefore take the Liberty of inclosing to you his Letter. The Discharge of these men will on the one Hand lose the Bounty the public: on the other the...
I do myself the Honor to forward the enclosed Despatches from General Greene, also the enclosed Copy of a Letter from Governor Jefferson which contains the latest Intelligence received from the Southward. Perhaps the enclosed Letter addressed to your Excellency, (supposed to be) from Governor Jefferson, may contain similar Intelligence. By the enclosed Copy of an Act of Congress of the first...
Charlottesville, 5 Mch. 1781 . Prompted by the great need of Col. Taylor’s regiment of guards for want of money and Taylor’s request to secure it (or any part of it) as soon as possible, inquires when it can be procured. “The Sudden march of the German Troops into another Quarter” has raised their needs; believes “the whole Garrison had not 100 Dollars with them when Ordered to march.” He will...
I inclose you extracts from two Letters received from General Weedon. I fear his arrival will be so late as to disturb your plans. I have urged him to expedition and been obliged further to let him know it is not in your power to furnish him arms or Cartouch boxes. You desired us to collect our powder. I trust that if you wish it at any particular place, you will notify it with an appointment...
[ Richmond, 5 Mch. 1781 . Minute in War Office Journal (Vi) under this date: “A letter to the Governor, respecting the 200 Cartouch boxes he required me to collect, informing that the State’s Cartouch boxes at Petersburg had been sent to Chesterfield Courthouse by order of Baron Steuben, before Capn. Browne’s messenger got there, and asking if an Order shall be issued for 50 boxes from Col....
The General has set out this morning for Williamsburgh. He desired me to write your Excellency acquainting you that he had received a Letter from Capt. Eddins , the commanding Officer of artillery at York, Mentioning the great want of powder, there not being more than one Barrell and a half at the post. It is the Baron’s wish that your Excellency will take measures to have some powder sent...
May we have the honoúr, to offer to Yoúr Excellency, the inclosed pack, received from Mr. Searle, who now is at Paris; and to join there to the form of the Obligation and Coúpon, in which only a few púnctúations are to be alterd, and we hope to be able to send by the tomorrow scoot, the quantity of stamped ones, according to Yoúr Excellencys orders; meanwhile we send some of those form...
I have Divided the German Troops between this Place and the Warm Springs in Berkeley, and am Just now Seting Off to Frederick Town, from whence I shall Proceed to Congress, if I do not receive their Instructions where to fix them. A Number of the Regiment of Guards who were enlisted During the Stay of the Convention Troops at the Barracks in Albemarle, insist On their Discharges. I shall be...
I have now the honor to inclose answers to your Queries respecting the Moose , and beg you will excuse the long delay. It was late in February when I arrived at Durham and being deeply impressed with the necessity of having your Queries answered with the greatest exactness I wrote to persons in various parts of the Country but have as yet received no answers but the inclosed. My principal...
Your two sons did me the favour of calling upon me yesterday morning and Breakfasting with me. The bad roads prevented their lodgeing here the Night before as they kindly intended. I was very glad to see them, and would have had them remain with me till the Storm was over, but they were apprehensive of worse weather, and chose to go on. I feel for these young Gentlemen a particular affection,...
Having been in the war ever since June 1775 invested with a Command by Sea which held in service of the United States onboard their Ships Columbus & Providence where Continued till the surrender of Charlstown So. Carolina by Capitulation to the British Arms when became a Prisoner to Vice Admiral Arbuthnot who admitted me to Parole as Commanding Officer of the Ships of the United states on that...