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In Obedience to your Excellency’s Commands of the 10th current communicated to us by Colonel Humphreys, your Excellency’s Aid de Camp, we do ourselves the Honour to present your excellency with the Inclosures accompanied with the following Facts and Observations. The three first Questions to which your Excellency has been pleased to direct our Attention, being, as we conceive, answered by...
I have the Honour to acquaint your Excellency; by order of the Q.M. Genl that there has been no loss of the New Boats. Those mounted on Carriages were not taken in the Act. With the greatest Respect & Esteem I have the Honour to be your Excellency’s most Obedient NHi : Hugh Hughes Papers.
I am honoured with your very polite Favour of the 10th of June, which arrived in my Absence.—No Expense has accrued but what you are justly entitled to as the Consort of a Gentlem an of distinguished Rank and Merit, in publick Life. When the other Boxes arrive, they will claim my Attention, as well as any other Commands you may please to favour me with. As I have the Honour of being known to...
I do myself the Honour, at the Request of the Honble. James Lovel Esq; Member of Congress, to address two Packages, that were left here by Doctr. Winship, to you. They came to Hand without a Case, which I have order’d made for their Security. They are in Charge of a Mr. Brown, who conducts a Wagon from Philadelphia to Boston, for some Members of Congress and others. When I began this, Brown...
I have the Honour to Inclose your Excellency the Knife you sent me. If the Point is not agreeable, it shall be alter’d whenever your Excellency is pleased to order it back. Permit me to assure you that I have not been inattentive to the accommodation of your lady or self. I sent to Hartford in order to know if a Fare of Salmon could be had, and was inform’d that none could be procured on...
Your Excellency’s Note, inclosing the Pen knife, was this Moment handed me. I will carry it to Bailey’s immediately, and have it done. I will do myself the Honour of partaking of your Excellency’s Hospitality the first time I cross the River. I have the Honour to be with the greatest Respect your Excellencys most obedt and very humble Servt NHi : Hugh Hughes Papers.
Fishkill [ New York ] May 5, 1781 . Has forwarded Hamilton’s request to Colonel Alexander Scammell and has ordered that “a Hand” and “½ a pound of Chalk” be sent to Hamilton. LC , New-York Historical Society, New York City. See H to Hughes, May 5, 1781 (printed in this volume).
Fishkill [ New York ] July 18, 1781 . States that Hamilton’s letters have been forwarded “by careful Hands.” Also states that “there are some very inquisitive Gentry on the Route.” Requests “a line now & then, on the appearance of a Phenominon &c.” LC , New-York Historical Society, New York City. See H to Hughes, July 13 , 15, 1781 (printed in this volume).
Your Excellency’s Favor of the 12th did not reach me till this Morning, when I immediately gave the necessary Directions for carrying your Excellency’s Orders into Execution. Mr Ruddock has not the Quantity of Ammunition here, but has sent to Springfield to forward it from there. Six Tons of Ball are sent for to Fredricksburgh twenty Miles hence, and will be here tomorrow I expect, at...
I have the Pleasure to acquaint you that our Citizens had a Meeting on Monday Evening last, when it was agreed, without a dissenting Voice, to instruct our Convention on that most important of all sublunary Affairs, in order that Application may be made to your Honble. House. What will our Traitors, with you, say to this virtuous Stand? One of them, I know, will endeavour to turn it to...
Your Favour by ’the reputed Author of Common Sense’ I have not yet answered, as I was not then, nor for some Time afterward, quite clear how Matters would be carried on. But now, I confess our Affairs begin to wear a very different Aspect, as you will perceive by the inclos’d Return to General Thomson. Indeed our Citizens seem determin’d to work out their Salvation not only on Earth, but in...
Agreeable to my Promise, in General McDougall’s, which I expect your Excellency is acquainted with by this Time, I am with Col. Hamilton, who I find very ill of a nervous Fever, the Event of which the Doctrors say is altogether uncertain, but rather think the Prospect in his Favour. He is well supplied with Hospital Stores from the Fishkill, and I have taken Care that other Necessaris are...
Fishkill [ New York ] February 16, 1781 . Has obtained horses requested by Hamilton for the journey to Rhode Island. Asks whether they should be delivered to the west bank of the Hudson River or kept at Fishkill. LC , New-York Historical Society, New York City. See H to Timothy Pickering, February 9, 1781 (printed in this volume).
I have been here, almost ever since I had the Pleasure of seeing you at Fairfield, and have attentively observed the Conduct of these People’s Leaders; and, according to the best of my slender Judgement, think that their Councils are stampt with Folly, Timidity, and Treach­ ery. But to trace the whole Labyrinth of their Inconsistency and Perfidy, would be irksome and endless; therefore I shall...
I have endeavour’d to comply with your Excellency’s Instructions, relative to the Department, as far as Time and Circumstances would permit. The Tents, to the Amount of about eight Hundred, good and bad, have been forwarded to Fishkill, as well as the entrenching Tools, Pots and Camp-kettles, unless it be those rec’d within three or four Days. I have order’d an exact Return to be made from the...
Since I closed my last, of this Morning, I have been inform’d of a most curious Motion that was made in Committee, last Evening, by a Member of our Congress, on Mr. Tryon’s last Requisition. It was, that they should not only protect him, and his, from any Attempt which may be made by Individuals &c. but that they should give him Notice if any Order of the Continental Congress came to Hand for...
I am honour’d with your Excellency’s Favour of the 15th Instant, and shall punctually obey every Command it contains. General Mc,Dougall order’d, sometime since, five Hundred Tents to Peekskill, which we furnish’d, and shall be able, when all the Stuff is made up, to supply upwards of a Hundred more. Captn Bowen, of Providence, writes me, of the 17th Instant, that he had procur’d two Hundred...
On seeing his Excellency’s Letter of the 12th current to the Quarter Master General relative to settling with the Engineer for the Quantity of Plank & Scantling for the ensuing Campaign, I wrote to Major Villefranche on that Subject acquainting him with what I had done in the Affair by Order of Colonel Pickering. He approved of what had been engaged & added about one Third more of Plank &...
Having the most perfect confidence in your Excellency’s Candour and Justice, I am compelled by a Part of the General Orders of the 30th of last Month to entreat your Excellency to give me an Opportunity to vindicate my Character, which I humbly conceive to be materially affected by those Orders, either before a Court of Inquiry, or in such other Manner as your Excellency shall think proper....
Sometime in December General Mifflin order’d me, after arranging Affairs well here, to wait on your Excellency. In answer to which I acquainted him that a proper Disposition could not, suddenly, be made, on Account of disbanding the greatest Part of the Army then here, together with some other Obstructions which occurr’d at that Time, but added that I was ready to obey his Commands as soon as...
Since I had the Honor of seeing your Excellency I have revisited the Boatyard, and the Undertaker of Repairs tells me that with the Hands he now has, and those engaged, he shall complete the Repairs of all the Boats built last Campaign at Creek and Albany in thirty Days from this Date, provided the Weather does not prevent him. He also adds, that if it should be requisite to have them finished...
Very unfortunately I was absent when your Excellency’s Commands arrived, but, as my Assistant informs me that every Thing was done that was required, I hope they have been attended to agreeably to your Excellency’s Wish. If they have not, it is contrary to positive, Standing Orders, which shall be complied with, whenever your Excellency shall be pleased to Order me informed of a Deficiency. I...
Sensible that the Foregoing does not fully answer the Description of what your Excellency was pleased to order, I must beg Leave to mention the Reasons why that Order has not been complied with, and a partial Return exhibited, which are, that all the Brigade Returns were not yesterday, sent to the Quarter Master General’s Office, and that Colonel Humphrys, signified it was your Excellency’s...