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I need not represent to your Excellency the insecurity of this place. We never can proceed with any degree of certainty in any of our public works while the enemy command the rivers. The state of our arms requires security to the workmen from alarms, and I am confident we shall never be able to get them repaired, unless some buildings are prepared for them in a safe place above the falls. I...
Col. Th. M. Randolph has a large flat or lighter, which he tells me can go sixteen miles above his house . It would carry off a great deal of stores if we had it, and I am very apprehensive without it we shall lose a great deal. I am but little acquainted with him, otherwise should make the request myself. I would therefore submit it to your Excellency whether you would think it proper to...
Fredericksburg, 21 Apr. 1781 . Wrote “About 3 Weeks ago … for a Sum of Money to be brought me for the Use of the Factory by Capt. Peter Minor, who has been some time return’d and brings me no Answer about it. My Credit, Word, Honour and every thing mortal can do will not hold out longer with the people unless I am supported with Money. And it is Amazing the quantity of Arms old and New have...
The Bearer Mr. Acrill Cocke this moment inform’d me that about three hundred of the Enemy are landed at Sandy Point, that three Square rigg’d vessels and two Sloops had got up to that place and that he saw one other coming up. I am with great respect Your most obedt Servt, RC ( PU ); addressed: “His Excellency The Governor Richmond Express”; endorsed: “B. Harrison’s Lre April 21st 1781.” The...
The main body of the enemy are landed at Mrs. Morecock’s in this country at the mouth of Chickahominy, supposed to be about twelve hundred. Their object I suppose to be the ships in that river. They came up in the night in about twenty flat-bottomed boats covered by a ship and a brig. I am &c. Tr ( NHi ); in TJ’s hand, headed: “Copy of a letter from Colo. B. Harrison of Chas. City.”
I am this Moment favoured with a Letter from Mr. Nicolson from Fredricksburg containing very agreeable Intelligence of which the following is an Extract, “By a Gentleman immedeatly from Philada. we have the Agreeable Information of the Arrival of the second Division of the French Fleet off the Capes of Delaware consisting of 9 sail of the Line and 7 Frigates. They were spoke with by a Brig...
Richmond, 21 Apr. 1781 . Difficulties of Hay’s brother, whose rheumatism prevents him from paying “the least attention to his Bussiness” and whose “two Store Boys are now under Marching Orders, so that his Store with a large Quantity of Goods must be left to the Mercy of the Negroes &c. … Among the Goods now in the Store there is at least One hundred Pieces of Sail Duck of the best Quality...
The United States in Congress assembled, deeming it proper and necessary to communicate to their Constituents in the several States, as fully as can be done, a proper Representation of their national Affairs, the Amount of the public Debts due from the United States, together with the Estimates for the current Year; having examined and agreed to the Report of their Committee on that Subject of...
About 3 oClock Yesterday the Enemy landed at Burwell’s Ferry 500 Infantry 50 Horse and 4 Peices Artillery, which with a seeming Intention of landing in force at Jamestown or on some part of the River above us, obliged us to evacuate the Town, and move up to Allens Ordinary six Miles above, about 12 o’Clock in the Night. Major Armistead with 150 Men and Capt. Kelly with 50 Riflemen were ordered...
My Last Letter to Your Excellency Having Acquainted You of Our Preparations to Return to the Southward, and Having Also Mentionned the Reasons which in the present danger Urge me to Hasten By forced Marches to the Support of Virginia, I will only Add that We Came in two days from our Encampement Near Baltimore to this place and intend Setting out to Morrow for frederik Burg. Our Baggage,...