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There seems to be Fatality attending the promise I made you, of a Supply of beer. Two days after Jupiter went up last, my Brewer went up the County to see his Wife, and I have never set eyes on him since, and of Course have had none brewed! Colo. Cary who is now here, joins me in thanks for the Paccan trees. I dont know of a Rabbit nearer this, than Shirley and Mr. Carter is just now begining...
Mr. Fontaine, procur’d from this Neighbourhood a number of Horses, upon a supposition, that on the arrival of the Marquis L’Fayette, an attack would be made on the Enemy. That prospect having vanish’d, I must intercede, in favor of the Planters, from whom the Horses were taken, to have them return’d. They were chiefly plough Horses and could be but illy spar’d from their labor, besides I am...
[…] [ap]plication […], […] with no Difficulty in arbitrating [the?] dispute, as he admitted the Facts stated [as?] agreed between you; and acquiesced in the Gentleman proposed; but contrary to our Expectation we received a Letter from him a Copy of which is inclosed and also our Answer to it. You [will] see by these Letters the Turn this affair has taken; and we must wait your further...
I received a Letter some weeks ago from Col. Muter informing me the three state Regiments were to be reduced into one, and the oldest Officers to take command. If this arraingment takes place I am entitled to a Command in the said Regiment. I last winter got an order from the Baron for seven Month’s pay, which your Excellency informed me I was to Draw from the Continental Pay Master, before I...
Yesterday I received your Excellency’s Letter with other Papers by Wheeling the Messenger. I was then on my Way from Montgomery Court House where I had called a meeting of the Officers and Magistrates in order to lay off the County into Districts agreeable to the act of Assembly for raising Troops for the Continental Army; And as I had but Just parted with several of the Officers and Justices...
War Office [ Richmond ], 10 Apr. 1781 . Many men already discharged from the army have arrears in pay due them. “It is hard upon these men to lose their pay, and it is exceedingly troublesome to this office, to the Auditors and to your Excellency, for the adjustment of each man’s claim to be thrown individually upon us. I would therefore submit it to your Excellency, whether it will not be...
I do myself the Honor of recomending the Bearer Genl. Jones one of the Council Extraordinary to Your Excellency for a true and particular state of our distresses and to sollicit an Aid from your State of Men Arms and Amunition. I shall not enter on particulars as the General is so able to represent to you our infeebled condition. With the highest Esteem & respect I am Dr Sir Yr. Excellencys...
Fragment of RC (Virginia State Library). Written by Meriwether Smith but signed only by JM. with no Difficulty in arbitrating [the dis]pute, as he admitted the Facts state[d as] agreed between you; and acquiesced in the Gentleman proposed, but contrary to our Expectation we received a Letter from him a Copy of which is enclosed and also our answer to it. You [will] see by these Letters the...
Since my arival on this River the Enemy has not attempted to Land on the Virginia Shoar. They did great damage in many places on the Maryland Side of the River, burnt and Distroyed whareever they went, took off the whole of the Tobacco at Ceeder Point oppersit Hooes Ferry. On Sonday evening the Enemys Vessills fell down from Ceeder Point about 30 Miles. They this morning appeared against Mr....
About the first of March Major Martin called on me, on his Way from General Green’s Camp to the Great Island, and delivered me a Commission signed by the General, a Copy of which I now enclose to your Excellency. Major Martin requested me to write to the Warriors upon the Subject, which I did, and we concluded that it would be well for Colonels Arthur Campbell, Col. Shelbey, Col. Severe, and...