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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...
Relying on your Virtues of and Graces of Faith and Hope, I accepted SSix Bills to the Amount of ten thousand Pounds Sterling, drawn in favour of Mr. Tracy. I have recieved Advice from Congress of more Bills drawn upon me: when they arrive and are presented, I must write You concerning them and desire You to enable me to discharge them: for I am sorry to be obliged to say, that although I have...
I will not Let Gibs Return, without a friendly word for you; I have very Little time Left, but enough to inquire after your happiness. Are you come back from albany, with your sweet-heart; are you already, out of the general’s familly? or what Capacity do you serve? What are you doing? What are you thinking? Let me know every thing, which may be interesting to you; you know it is so to me. We...
Where is, for the present, My Dear Hamilton? This question is not a mere affair of Curiosity; it is not even wholly owing to the tender sentiments of my friendship. But motives both of public and private nature conspire in making me wish that your woe be not accomplished; perhaps are you at Head quarters, perhaps at Albany. At all events I’ll tell you my History. Had the french fleet come in...
New Windsor [ New York ] April 10, 1781 . Is pleased that French will undertake expedition to Penobscot. Makes suggestions concerning expedition. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Copy: Library of Congress I am much oblig’d by your kind Attention to the Request of Mr. Williams, of Nantes, and beg you to accept my Thanks. I am with great Respect, Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Servant. This was presumably JW ’s request about the Aurora , for which see his letter of Feb. 4. An answer had already come indirectly through Castries (annotation of JW to BF , Feb. 29),...
LS : American Philosophical Society; AL (draft): Massachusetts Historical Society Relying on your Virtues and Graces of Faith and Hope, I accepted the Bills to the Amount of ten thousand Pounds Sterling, drawn in favour of Mr. Tracy. I have recieved Advice from Congress of more Bills drawn upon me: when they arrive and are presented, I must write You concerning them and desire You to enable me...
ALS : Historical Society of Pennsylvania I received your very instructive Boock brought to me by the Bohemian pehilosofer. What you say of Canda has set me wriight about the importance of that immense continent to all the British Colonies of Amerique. What you say of Mr. Walpole rememberng me friendely geeves me plesure he ha been a very generus friend to me, and as long I live shall remember...
The inclosed proceeding of a General Court Martial from the Connecticut line are forwarded to your Excellency by direction of Col. Durkee, Commanding Officer of the Line. From Your Excellency’s Most Obt Hble Servt DLC : Peter Force Collection; Edward Hand Papers.
On my return from Albany I was honored with your Excellency’s letter, relative to the supply of the Indians; I imagine the Commissioners of Indian Affairs, previous to their commencing Business, would wish to have a letter from you on the subject. In the absence of the Commissary General, I must request your Excellency’s determinations on some Questions, respecting which, I shall, in Person,...
The enclosed from Capt. Cleaveland of the corps of sappers and miners, was put into my hand the last evening. My not having knowledge of your Excellency’s orders and intentions respecting the matter obliges me to lay it before you. Enclosed is a New York paper of the 3d the only one I have been able to obtain since the one of the 28th ulto. it came to hand this morning. Capt. Pray writes me...
The enclosed was put into my hand by Major John Porter, the D.A.G. at this post, who appears very desireous to make an attempt, to surprise, and take, the Hessian General at Morriss House, as your Excellency is much better acquainted with the Situation, and probably the prospect of Success, than I can be, I wish your Opinion, and pleasure on the matter. Major Porter appears pretty Sanguine...
I beg leave to introduce to your Excellency Colonel Menonville, Deputy Adjutant General to the French Army. This Gentleman, who is charged by his Excellency the Count de Rochambeau with matters respecting a contract entered into by Doctr Franklin, in behalf of the United States, for the supply of a quantity of Provision, will, through your Excellency, lay his business generally before...
Agreably to Your Excellency’s permission Major Troop Has My Leave to Return to the Army. The Commanding officers Have Represented that He was under Indispensable Necessity to go, and we can very well do without Him untill the aArrival of an other Major. Colonel Vose is, I am told, Very Desirous to Return to the Army. He has there a Regiment, and Before we join general greene our Bataïllons...
By My Letter of the 8th Your Excellency will Have known of My Arrival at this Place and the Preparations I was Making to Proceed South ward. I took at the Same time the Liberty to Inform You that the Great want of Monney, Baggage, Cloathing, Under Which Both officers and Men are Suffering and the Hope they Had of Being furnished with a Part of these Articles from their States would Render it...
The Officer or Non Commissioned Officer commanding the Detachment of the Marichausie Corps now with the Army, will receive Orders from the Quartr Master General respecting impressing of Teams, and carry the same into execution. By Command of His Excellency the Commander in Cheif DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
Our Allies cost us a great deal in Horse Flesh—But it cannot be avoided—Count St Maime applies this morning for a Horse, in the room of one which he has worn down. His Excellency desires one may be furnished at Newburg if possible, for I believe the fact is, that the tired Horse is unable to proceed a foot farther. I am Yr most obt & hble Servt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
I had the pleasure of receiving yr Excellency’s letter of the 6th instant only two hours ago. We are greatly indebted to The Chevalier Des Touches for the disposition he shows to undertake the expedition to Penobscot and to you for your readiness to furnish a detachment of troops for the same purpose. The object is certainly worth attention and if it can be effected will be very agreeable to...
By an almost total failure of the Supplies of Beef Cattle, demanded by Congress of the Eastern States; I find we are again reduced to the verge of Distress, (Our little Magazines, which were laid up for an emergency being entirely exhausted) and that there is no prospect of immediate relief, but from the salted provisions of Connecticut. I have therefore to request in the most earnest manner,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
At the time of writing your letter of the 7th you had not received my letter in Answer to your former . In Consideration of the Exertions of your County, I am further to notify to you in Addition to what I did in that, that we will not insist on the Number of 100 therein mentioned, so far as to carry any on duty again who are just returned or returning or are still on duty. Send all able to do...
General Scott having obtained Permission from the Commandant at Charles Town for the shipping of Tobaccos from this State to that Post for the Relief of the Continental Troops there of our Line, sent me a Copy of that Permission taken by his Brigade Major. This Paper not being sufficiently authentic to protect from capture Vessels which should go laden with Tobacco’s, I wrote to Major General...
I am to ask the favor of you to proceed to examine James and Appomatox Rivers for a swift sailing lookout boat and to treat for such one as you find sailed to that purpose. A vessel equipped for instant Service is what is wanting, and we should be glad to take the Men also into Service, as the Money the Terms of purchase be accordingly. Be pleased to report the Terms proposed before you...
We shall with very great Chearfulness contribute as far as within our power to render the Circumstances of the War as little afflicting as possible, more especially by encouraging on just principles and giving Paroles where Exchanges are not subject to our will, but under the American Constitution our powers as to exchange extend but to few Subjects. With respect to Officers the right of Turn...
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...
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...