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I think I may address the subject of this letter to Your Excellency with more propriety than to any other person, as it is purely of a military nature, as you are best acquainted with my services as an officer, and as you are now engaged in assisting to form the arrangements for the future peace establishment. Your Excellency knows that in March 82, I relinquished all claim to any future...
As I flatter myself I may indulge a consciousness that my services have been of some value to the public, at least enough to merit the small compensation I wish, I will make no apology to your Excellency for conveying through you that wish to Congress. You are able to inform them if they wish information, in what degree I may have been useful, and I have intire confidence that you will do me...
I am requested by Mr. Oudinarde to transmit you the Inclosed Account. I observed to him that it was a little extraordinary the account had not been presented before; and that it was probable your accounts with the public had been long since closed, and that, by the delay, you may have lost the opportunity of making it a public charge, as it ought to have been. But as the person was very...
Major Fairly is just setting out on a visit to You I believe on some business relating to the Cinninnati. The society of this state met some short time since and took into consideration the proposed alterations in the original frame of the Institution. Some were strenuous for adhering to the old constitution a few for adopting the new and many for a middle line. This disagreement of opinion...
In my passage through the Jerseys and since my arrival here I have taken particular pains to discover the public sentiment and I am more and more convinced that this is the critical opportunity for establishing the prosperity of this country on a solid foundation. I have conversed with men of information not only of this City but from different parts of the state; and they agree that there has...
You probably saw some time since some animadversions on certain expressions of Governor Clinton respecting the Convention. You may have seen a piece signed a Republican, attempting to bring the fact into question and endeavouring to controvert the conclusions drawn from it, if true. My answer you will find in the inclosed. I trouble you with it merely from that anxiety which is natural to...
I have lately made a fresh application to Congress for a final settlement of my affairs on the ground of a contract made with that honorable body previous to my joining the American army. The particulars and the evidence of that contract are stated in a printed pamphlet a copy of which Mr. Hamilton informs me he has transmitted to your Excellency. I have been just informed that Congress intend...
I am much obliged to Your Excellency for the explicit manner in which you contradict the insinuations mentioned in my last letter. The only use I shall make of your answer will be to put it into the hands of a few friends. The constitution proposed has in this state warm friends and warm enemies. The first impressions every where are in its favour; but the artillery of its opponents makes some...
Capt Cochran of the British navy has requested my aid in recovering a family watch worn by his brother, who fell at York Town, (and now in the possession of _____ _____). In compliance with his request I have written the letter herewith (to_____ _____) which I take the liberty to convey through you, in hope that if you see no impropriety in it, you would add your influence to the endeavour to...
Your Excellency’s friendly and obliging letter of the 28th Ulto. came safely to hand. I thank you for your assurance of seconding my application to General Morgan. The truth of that affair is, that he purchased the watch for a trifle of a British soldier, who plundered Major Cochran at the moment of his fall at York Town. I should be deeply pained my Dear Sir if your scruples in regard to a...
Your two last letters have duly come to hand & the Count De Moustier has delivered me the watch you committed to his charge. Your obliging attention to this matter claims my particular acknowlegements. I will make no apology for asking you to take the additional trouble of forwarding the inclosed to the General. I take the liberty of passing it through you that you may by perusing the contents...
Mr. Hamilton will with pleasure execute the command of the President by the time appointed and have the honor of waiting upon him. AL , Photostat, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
I did not leave New York untill the 18th ultimo, it being the earliest period that we were able consistent with the wish of Governor Clinton to withdraw the troops from thence. Indeed we then left nearly one hundred men, who are since releived by a company of light infantry, of the regiment retained in Service. In addition to which there is a sub., and about twenty artillery men. I have...
Letter not found: from Annis Boudinot Stockton, 4 Jan. 1784. On 18 Feb. GW wrote to Stockton : “The intemperate weather . . . prevented your letter of the 4th of last month from reaching my hands ’till the 10th of this.”
After your public Audience was concluded on the 23d of Deer the President of Congress took me aside, and requested, “if any thing should occur to me in consequence of what had just been suggested in favor of the Gentlemen of General Washington’s family who had continued with him to that moment, that I would communicate it to him in a Letter,” and further observed, that he should take great...
Puis-je espérer que votre excellence voudra Bien Se rapeller encore quelqu’un qui ne peut jamais Oublier les Bontes flatteuses dont elle l’a honore, et qui ose aujourd’huy en Solliciter une nouvélle préuve. L’amérique daigne admettre quelques officiers de L’armée De Rochambeau à L’association La plus honnorable, et La plus chére aux coeurs des françois, Puisquelle fixe L’époque de la Gloire...
The Count De Estaing has the Honor to submit to His Excellency Gl Washington the four Memorials which have been sent to him since the last Letters He had the honor to address to him on the 25th of December 1783. Mr De Choin Colonel of Dragoons Count De Kergariou Locmaria Captain of the Navy Count Edwd Dillon, Colonel Count Castellane Majestres, Captn of the Navy, are [not] the only Gentlemen...
I congratulate you my dear sir on your safe return to your native country and to that domestic ease and happiness you have so long earnestly wish’d for. Your disinterested virtue and patriotism have raised you to a height of glory which no human being can exceed, and stamp’d a value on your character superior if possible to the laurels you have gaind in the field, and the glorious independence...
The inclosed Letter to Major Davidson, now one of the Council of this State, authenticates the address I had the honor to present at Annapolis. The County Tyrone has been remarkable for a spirit of patriotism ever since the commenc[e]ment of the American revolution. In 1775, Mr Patterson, a merchant of this Town, tho’ born in Ireland, traveled through that County and assures me that such was...
I wrote you particularly on the 3d instant and enclosed you my report to Congress with the various returns. I have now finished the necessary arrangements for the winter and in a few hours I shall set out for Boston—The public interest has been my actuating principle in the cou[r]se of this business and I flatter myself will meet your approbation. I have found it necessary to direct that a few...
I have the Honor to transmit to you an Act of Congress of the 5th Inst.; relative to a Proposal from the Secretary of the Polish Order of Knights of Divine Providence; containd in your Excellencys Letter of the 28th August last. I have the Honor to be with the greatest Respect Your Excellencys most Obedt humble Servt ALS , DLC:GW ; LB , DNA:PCC , item 16. Thomas Mifflin (1744–1800), born a...
The departure of the Washington Has Been So Sudden that I Could not get in time on Board the Particular letter which you ought to Have Received—So that My Correspondance Has Been Confined to an official Cincinnati letter, and a Bill of plated wares, which was not By Any means my intention —inclosed I Send you a duplicate of the letter Respecting our Assossiation —Major L’enfant tells me a...
I take the Liberty of Introducing to you Mr Shuttleworth a Gentleman of very ancient Family and Large fortune in England who arrived here in his own Yacht about two months since and proposed to make a kind of maritime tour thro’ America by sailing coastways and up the principal rivers as far as the Water will suffer his vessel to go; His Family in Yorkshire & Lancashire has several members in...
We have recovered the most sensible pleasure on the News of your safe return to Mount Vernon and your anxious family at it is with the Warmest affection & attachment, that rejoice the United Voice of your Country, in Congratulating your & our Mrs Washington on this happy & interesting Event—You must permit me sir—tho’ it may be lost a midst the public Testimonies on this occasion from a...
Letter not found: from James Nourse, 11 Jan. 1784. On 22 Jan. GW wrote to Nourse : “Yesterday gave me the honor of your favor of the 11th.”
I have enclosed to Your Excellency a Copy of a Letter to the President of Congress containing such proposals respecting the publication of Maps from the Surveys we have made during the War As I thought would be the least objectionable—I wish some Additions could be made to them, but as the Expence which would attend them was probably the reason why my first proposals were not accepted I have...
I have the Honour, and the singular pleasure of transmitting, inclosed to your Excellency, copies of your Accots for family expences, Secret Services, and other Contingencies, commencing in June 1775 and ending Decemr 8th 1783, as officially Stated at the Treasury, By which it appears that a balance of Seven hundred and twenty Seven dollars & 7/10 of a dollar Specie, is due by the United...
The many favours I have received from you, emboldens me to take the Liberty to introduce to you Mr Shuttleworth an English Gentleman of Family & Fortune. I remember his Character at Westminster & Oxford, and it was in every respect amiable —He is visiting the Sea ports of America on a party of pleasure in a Vessell of his own, manned & fitted out at his private expence. He is Brother in Law to...
L’armée americaine vient de donner aux troupes francoises, qui ont eu L’honneur de Luy etre associée sous vos ordrès, une marque flateuse de bienveillance et d’estime. C’est a vous Comme a notre Commun général que nous devons temoigner notre reconnoissance, Le regiment d’agénois dont Javois L’honneur detre Colonel en Second pendant Le siege d’yorck y sera particulierement sensible, Ce regiment...
Letter not found: from Richard Varick, 15 Jan. 1784. On 22 Feb. GW wrote to Varick : “The intemperate Season and irregularity of the Post, withheld your letter of the 15th Ulto from me ’till within these few days.”
Letter not found: from Charles Washington, 15 Jan. 1784. On 28 Feb. GW wrote Charles Washington : “Your Letter dated the 15th of January . . . came to my hands last Night.” The letter may have been misdated.
The british Troops being wholly withdrawn from this Place, it only remains to the closing the Business under your Excellency’s Commission to us of the 8th of May Ulti.—that we should report our Proceedings. We presume it will be needless to recapitulate our former Communications, and therefore take the Liberty of referring to our Letters to your Excellency of the 30th of May, 14th and 18th of...
I have received the letter which your Excellency honoured me with, dated the 29th of last October Which Major L’Enfant delivered me. I can not better answer to the honourable invitation that you are willing to make me as well as to the general officers and colonels of the french army auxiliary in America, than by Sending you. 1e. The answer of the marshal De Segur minister of war giving the...
Letter not found: from Boinod & Gaillard, 20 Jan. 1784. On 18 Feb. GW wrote to the firm : “I have been favored with your polite & obliging Letter of January the 20th.”
I have the honor of taking my pen to apologize to your Excellency for my not waiting on you in Virginia at so Early a period as I had stipulated. the Extrime severe weather added to my not having fully Complited some private arrengements which are absolutely necessairy before I take my departure from this City have hitherto prevented a[n]d will for a few days Longer, delay my journey for your...
It was with pleasure I received your communication of the 28 December 1783, appointing the city of Philadelphia to be the place for the general meeting of the society of Cincinnati, on the first monday in may next, agreeably to the original institution. I am convinced, sir, you may rely on the punctual attendance of the delegates of the delaware state society. It was not without mature...
I receivd the Letter which you did me the honor to write me, as well as the institution of the Cincinnatus Society formd by the American Army, I am much flatterd to be comprisd in a military Society the members of which have with So much glory concurrd under the Orders of your Excellency to establish American Liberty, but it gives me great pain to See, that all the General Officers of the Sea,...
As I purpose to do myself the Honour and great pleasure of writing to you soon, by a direct opportunity from hence to Virginia, in answer to the Letter which you did me the honr to write to me the 10th of last August, from the State of New York, this only serves to entreat you will pardon the liberty I take in Introducing to Your Excellency, the Bearer Doctor Ross, who after a long residence...
Le Baron d’angélly qui ma Servi d’aide de camp pendant les campagnes que j’ay faites en amérique desirant tres vivement d’etre aggregé a la Société que préside Votre Exelence, cest avec la plus grande confiance que je la Supplie de vouloir bien luy procurer cet agrément, il étoit colonel attaché au corps de La marinne, L’orsque nous sommes arrivés a newport, m. le cte de barras La employé en...
The language I am acquainted with being in my opinion too poor to do justice to your merrit I shall be silent on that head. The present business is respecting the Dismal, the Company having Shewed the value of those Lands, many are so mean as to wish for what is most undoubtedly their property. During Mr John Washintons mannaging for us he applyed to Mr Cooper the then surveyor to survey the...
Shortly before the Close of the War the House in which I am Connected sent a very large Property to the Havannah which went into the hands of a Merchant at that place. We have long, And with great Anxiety look’d for remittance, but none has Yet Arriv’d And the Silence of the Gentleman on the Subject Adds not a little to our Embarrasment And Apprehensions. The Property is so Extensive And its...
Letter not found: from Wakelin Welch, 26 Jan. 1784. On 27 July 1784 GW wrote to Welch : “Your letter of the 26th of Jany, & duplicate thereof, both coming by the way of James river, were long getting to hand.”
I have been honored with your Excellency’s letter of the 28th Ult. appointing Philadelphia to be the place of meeting for the general society of the Cincinnati. I have since been particular in complying with your Excellency’s request, by making that appointment known to the representatives of the society of this State and by urgeing in the most expressive terms, their punctual attendance. With...
Give me leave my dear Général to intrust you with friendship in one observation Which did not Escape to the regiments that composed our army. They find that the général society has given too much or too little extent to its favour, in granting it to all the Colonels and Stoping to them. I do not ask it for the Lieutenant colonels and majors because it is to the choice or favour that they owe...
In Answer to your Circular Letter of the 28th ulto I have the Honor to inform You that Notice has been communicated to all the Delegates of the Society of this State (except Major Edwards) of the Time and Place which your Excellency has fixed for the general Meeting of the Cincinnati agreeably to the original Institution. It would be very proper that all the Delegates should attend, but I fear...
Letter not found: from Edward Newenham, 30 Jan. 1784. On 10 June GW wrote to Newenham : “I had the honor to receive . . . your favors of the 30th of Jany & 15th of March.”
The letter of december 23d which I have had the honor of receiving from Your Excellency is the most honorable testimony which my serving could have received. My first wish was to approve myself to Your Excellency & in having obtained it my happiness is complete. The Confidence Your Excellency was pleased to place in my integrity & ability Gained me that of the Army & of the United States—Your...
Le Vte De La Bretonniere Capitaine des Vaisseaux du Roy à L’honneur de representer à Votre Excellence, qu’il commandait commandoit La fregatte La Tourterelle En 1779, & 1780, Avec La quelle II à d’abord Escorté Un convoy de Douze Batimens Americains, & plusieurs Batimens francois chargés De Munitions & d’officiers qui arriverent à Boston. Ses ordres Luy prescrivoient de Se rendre directement à...
By the post which arrivd from the Northward yesterday I had the honour to receive under Cover to myself the Letter I now do Myself the pleasure to inclose to you. As we have been for a Considerable time Without a post to or from the Southward I have preferred Sending this Letter to Mount Airy to be forwarded by any Conveyance that May offer from that place by a private hand and if none at...
being intrusted by Grl duportail, the officers of his corps & thoses of the legion with the management of their final settlement of accounts, I came to this place near three weeks ago; my intention was to lay our affairs before Congress, & while they had them under their consideration, to go and pay my respects to your Excellency. I was to that point, when Colonel humphrey told us that you...