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The sight of your old Friend Mr. Storer will give you sensible pleasure, he means to be the Bearer of this to you. I wish him safe. I need not add any thing in recommendation to you, who know him so well further than to say his character is not less fair or amiable, than it was when you quitted your native Land. He will I hope continue as free abroad from the fashionable vices of other...
Not knowing but this may reach you as soon or sooner than a conveyance from Newbury (a ship of the Tracy’s Capt. Brown) by whom Mrs. Adams has wrote you—As such I take upon me to trouble you with a few lines, to let you know Mrs. Adams and family were well Yesterday. We have a ship from Port Loreon Lorient last week in 27 days, but as to News we have nothing Material, was in hopes the Dutch...
Amsterdam, 23 May 1781. RC in John Thaxter’s hand PCC , No. 84, III, f. 159. printed : JA, Corr. in the Boston Patriot Correspondence of the Late President Adams. Originally Published in the Boston Patriot. In a Series of Letters , Boston, 1809[–1810]; 10 pts. , p. 465. This letter requested Congress to offer relief to the owners of an unnamed Dutch vessel captured by a British warship or...
I have the honour of your Letter of the 19th. with its Inclosures, and I thank your Excellency for the pains You have taken to communicate the News from America, which I think can scarcely be called bad, tho’ General Green lost the Field. I had before recieved and published in the Amsterdam Gazette the same accounts. The Gazetters are so earnest after American News that I find it the shortest...
En réponse à l’honorée vôtre du 19e. je pourrai vous faire voir quand il vous plaira que l’expression Treaties with France and Spain est dans la Copie Angloise manuscrite que vous m’aviez remise ici, et qui a servi à l’Imprimer. J’ai assuré de vos complimens Mr. Manson , en le priant de les garder pour lui: car, entre nous, il faut prendre garde que ces Messieurs ne nous exposent pas. Ils ne...
In response to your honored letter of the 19th, I will show you, when you wish, that the expression Treaties with France and Spain was included in the English manuscript copy that you left with me, and that was used by the printer. I gave Mr. Manzon your compliments and asked that he keep them to himself, because, between us, we must be certain that these gentlemen do not expose us. They are...
I have Been long Complaining that I had Nothing to do and want of employment was an objection I had to my going to the Southward. But for the present, my dear friend, my Complaint is quite of an opposite nature, and I have so many Arrangements to make, so many difficulties to Combat, so many Ennemies to deal with that I am just that much of a general as will make me an Historian of...
AL : American Philosophical Society Mr. De Veymerange demeure rüe neuve des maturins— Jai fait Ecrire chez lui monsieur Franklin ainsy que moy, cest Sans doutte par un retour de Politesse qu’il est venu icy. Mr Grand prie monsieur Franklin fils de vouloir bien lui envoyer Les Etats des payements quil a Laissé hier Sur son Bureau. Il à besoin de faire un nouveau travail dessus. See the...
LS : American Philosophical Society I have the honour of your Letter of the 19th with its Inclosures, and I thank your Excellency for the pains You have taken to communicate the News from America, which I think can scarcely be called bad, tho’ General Green lost the Field. I had before recieved and published in the Amsterdam Gazette the same accounts. The Gazetteers are so earnest after...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Le Porteur de celle ci est l’armurier dont j’ai eu L’honneur de vous parler hier à Versailles et de recomander à votre Protection pour l’aider dans le désir qu’Il a de passer en Amerique et y exercer son Métier. J’ai L’honneur d’être très parfaitement Monsieur votre très humble et très obéissant Serviteur The Danish minister at the French court: XXVIII ,...
Copy: Library of Congress I seize the Opportunity of a Russian Courier on his return to Petersburg from Lisbon to transmit you the inclosed Letter from M. Vaughan & to thank you for the Pleasure your Introduction afforded me. He is a promising young Man & seems exceedingly desirous to improve himself, Mr. Jay having no Instructions to administer the oath of Allegiance, declined doing it until...
ALS : American Philosophical Society After having longed such a long while for an answer upon my lettres of Dec. 2. febr. 7 and april. 7th. I recieve at last a lettre from Dr. le Begue de Presle dated paris May 1. by which I am acquainted that you are well and that you have answerd me upon my lettres , tho I have recieved none at all. This lettre of mr. le Begue was shut in a cover, which had...
13[Diary entry: 23 May 1781] (Washington Papers)
23d. Count de Rochambeau set out on his Return to Newport, while I prepared and forwarded dispatches to the Governors of the four New England States calling upon them in earnest & pointed terms, to compleat their Continental Battalions for the Campaign, at least, if it could not be done for the War or 3 Years—to hold a body of Militia (according to the Proportion given them) ready to march in...
I am sorry that the unexpected appearance of the British Fleet off the Harbour of New port deprived me of the pleasure of meeting you at this place—I must refer you to His Excellency the Count de Rochambeau for the plan of operations which has been settled between us and have the honor to be with very great consideration Yr Excellency’s Most obt Servt. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
Having given communication to the Count de Barras of my instructions, I have observed to him 1 st Rochambeau That General Washington in the last conference we had here six Weeks ago, desired earnestly that the Squadron should transport all the French Corps, with all its Artillery, Baggage, and munitions to Chesapeake Bay, and that I did not doubt but His Excellency would desire it again as the...
Som time ago I wrote you relative to your round bottom Tract of Land. I can never find out what has bin don about it wheather Thomas Lewis has returnd it or not. If you can give me any Direction About it I will do any thing in my Power for you, the survay Aught to be returnd to the Office if it has not bin returnd This I will have don if it has not bin returnd, as I can have it don Emeditly. I...
I do myself the Honor of transmitting for your Excellency’s Approbation, the enclosed Copies of Despatches from General Greene, from No. 1 to 6, if the Information hath been already communicated (which is probable) by General Greene, the Trouble of perusing these Papers will be unnecessary, the Expence of transmitting them is inconsiderable. By the latest Accounts from Virginia & North...
The letter which I have the honor to inclose from the Count de Rochambeau will, I imagine, inform your Excellency of the intended march of the French Army towards the North River and the destination of the Kings Squadron now is the Harbour of New port, if circumstances will admit of the respective movements. I should be wanting in respect and confidence were I not to add that our object is New...
I have recd your fav’r of the 21st: If it be reduced to a certainty that the enemy are making another embarkation, I shall not think a total evacuation of New York is improbable, except they hold us in a light more contemptable than I can suppose they do, or unless they look for speedy reenforcements, of which from the latest European intelligences, there were no appearances. I shall probably...
Being called by General Greene to the Southern Army, I have the honor to Report to your Excellency my proceedings whilst in this State. The unfortunate Affair of Camden having intirely broke up the remains of the Virginia Line, a few Officers only remaining uncaptured—the State passed a Law to raise 3000 Men, some for 8 Months and others for 18, not more than one half of this number ever came...
I wrote your from Warwick what prospect We had in Raising Teams, to Cart the flour from thence to New Windsor. Yesterday the Court for this County being now setting Ordered that each Township, such Cart their Quota of what is in the Magazine here, and that the whole should be done in Nine days there is about 1400 Barrells altogether Near One hundred of which was loaded & sent on Yesterday, and...
Your letters of the 18th and 19th inst. came to hand yesterday. Experience has for some time past convinced the Council that as the mode of acquiring waggons, horses &c. by Impress is the most irritating, so it is the most expensive which can be adopted. They therefore have generally meant to discontinue Impresses and to have purchases made wherever a delay can be admitted. And indeed it is...
A few days past I Receivd despatches from the Illinois-Kantuck &c. of a late date. I am sorry to Inform your Excellency that near 100000 ℔ of Beef at the Kantucky is Spoilt by the persons who Engag’d to procure it. About the same Quantity on hand Excellent good and 250 Head of Cattle promis’d by the inhabitants. The Indians have done considerable damage there. The Enclosd copies are all that...
I am just now favoured with your Letter of the 21st . I expected the waggons would have come to this place in consequence of what your Excellency mentioned to me, and the instructions which I had lodged at Fredericksburg for the Waggoners. Orders had been given by the Baron to deliver the Arms at the barracks, other orders to deliver them at the Town, and lastly to deliver them at the old...