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The Court of Enquiry appointed in the General Orders of the 3d of April last (after having your Excellencys Letter of the 17th instant) proceeded to the Investigation therein directed—notifying Majr Reid who refused to attend. The Court beg Leave to report that, from a comparative View of the Defence of Major Reid, refered to in said Orders, & of the Proceedings of the Tryal of General Hazen...
Colonel Swift has been with me to let me know the distressed Situation of himself & Officers from the Uneasiness of the Troops—his Situation is more critical than ours here, as the different Corps are Checks one upon another—but even here, where there is not a good Understanding between the Artillery and Infantry, I am not without great Pain from the Dissatisfaction of the Men—they have made...
The Court of Enquiry appointed in the General Orders of the 3d of April last, met agreeable thereto—the Parties being present. Major Reid objected to the Legality of the Court, & gave his Objections in writing—they were considered insufficient & he was called upon by the Court to give Information upon the Matters in Question—which he refused—General Hazen requested Leave to write Answers to...
The Sergeants of the Connecticut Line cannot be content without laying their Grievances before your Excellency.as they have left out the exceptionable Parts of their former Memorial, I have consented to present this. they and the Soldiery are very impatient particularly some who have Families at Home to provide for. if these could have furloughs, it would be a great Favor to them, and I...
I began to be anxious about the Situation and Temper of the Soldiers engaged for the War—although many of them are willing to stay a little longer—some are very desirous of going immediately, and all of them considering their Engagements fulfil’d, a few may excite the whole to Disturbances—the non commissioned Officers of the 1st & 3d Connect. Regiments have lately had a Meeting on the Subject...
In making military Arrangements for a Peace, a possible War has the first Consideration. next, our Finances—but, I should suppose, the necessary Dispositions and Institutions need not be expensive. If the System is perfect in its Formation and Execution, it will have such Effects on the Minds of those who are or wish to be our Enemies, as to deter them from Hostilities, and even from secret...
The Coats lately drawn by the Light Companies will generally require Alterations to fit them to the Men; perhaps your Excellency would think best to direct it done by one Model that they might all appear in the same Fashion. I have the Honor to be your Excellency’s most obedient Servant DLC : Papers of George Washington.
The Proposal of having a fishing Boat employ’d for the Use of our Prisoners I think ought to be complied with not that I believe they will derive much Advantage from it, but that they may not think themselves neglected by us, & that the Enemy may not have another Pretext for their hard Usage. The said Boat should have your Excellencys written Permit with some Description of her & restricting...
Your Excellencys Favor of the 15th did not reach me until this day—I shall lay it before the Governor & Council of Safety who have the Disposal of the rejected Recruits—& afterwards give the necessary Orders to the Mustering Officers—I see but a small Prospect of geting many more Recruits but as the State have fixed on the 20th of next Month as the ultimatum, I think best to have the mustering...
The Legislature of this state have laid a Tax of one shilling on the Pound estimated at about 70.000 payable 1st July to complete the two first Quarterly Payments to the financier General—Provision for the other two Quarters is left to the Consideration of the next Assembly. There is one, & but one, hopeful Symtom in the Body politic here, and that is the Members are more & more sensible of...
Since I wrote your Excellency the 24th May the Assembly resolved to issue Execution against the delinquent Classes for the Recruits not procured the 20th of this Month. Since that Resolve the lower House have taken great Offence that some Recruits who had been received by the Continental Mustering Officers (appointed for the Purpose here); & their Bounty paid, should be mustered out at Camp—it...
A Day or two after I wrote your Excellency the 14th of last Month, the mustering Officers came into the State and have been very industrious in their Business; I find myself disappointed in the Number of Recruits, which I expected would be ready in this Month—every possible Evasion is practiced by those who have to furnish them—it is now proposed in Assembly to issue Execution against the...
your Excellencys Favor of the 19th ult. reached me the Day before yesterday—since I wrote by Col. Trumbull, the County Committees have adjusted with the Towns, their respective Deficiences—the total is but little more than 700: of this number I expect to receive 500. in the month of May, of which, I imagine three fourths will be engaged only to the 1st of January, or for a Year. The Spirit and...
I did myself the Honor of writing your Excellency the 8th inst. since which I am requested to have a greater Number of Officers to muster the Recruits. the Council of Safety wish to have one in each Militia Brigade, which are six. whenever the Recruits are ready to march to Camp, some Officers and Sergeants will be wanted to conduct them; that Period will not be before the 1st of May as the...
I have Occasion for four or five Officers, to settle with the Committee of the State, the Accounts of their Line, for 1780 & 1781. I do not expect to finish them, before some time in May; but I shall in Obedience to your general Order, dismiss those Officers before the 10th of next Month, unless I have your Permission to detain them. the Business is very interesting to the Troops, &, if...
The Assembly of this State finished their Session the Day before yesterday. the Minds of the members were deeply impressed with the Necessity of completing their Quota of Troops in Season. They have ordered the delinquent Towns to raise, for the War, for three years, or one year, the number they are respectively deficient, by the first of April next—if not done by the fifth of that Month, the...
Your Excellencys Letter of the 31st ult., with the inclosed, reached me the Night before last, yesterday morning I waited on the Governor, who communicated your & Mr Morris’s Letter to the Assembly. I have been with the Assembly the most of the Time for four Weeks past, in Order to complete a Settlement between the State & their Line; in the Course of this Business I have taken every...
your Favour of the 8th was handed me yesterday. I hope to join the Army next Week—a Gentlemen out of N. York says it is believed there that the English grand Fleet on their Passage to Gibraltar had met the combined Fleet and returned without engaging. I am with the highest Esteem, your Excellency s most obedient servant DLC : Papers of George Washington.
The Connecticut Line have taken their huting Ground near Constitution Island. I shall by Tomorrow Night discharge the most, if not all, the short Levies under Colour of their wanting Cloaths. The Line will hut in the Form they are to assume the first of January. The Arrangement is so nearly completed as that it will be done at that Time without any Difficulty—and; I beleive, to great...
As to reinforcing the southern army from this, (the first Matter proposed by your Excellency to the Council) my Judgment had rather ponderated in Favour of the measure—for the following Reasons. The Subjection of the southern States seems to be the favorite Object & last Hope of the british Ministry and Army. Those States border on the British Territories; and contain a large Number of...
I find it impossible to form an Opinion, with Satisfaction to myself, upon the Subjects laid by your Excellency before the Council, they depending, so much as they do, on future Contingence. was it in my Power to state Every Case that might happen, or any one that has not had Place in your own Mind, I should render an acceptable Service. In Case the second Division of the french Armament joins...
just recd this by one of the Persons employed to gain Intelligence ’tis the only Information I have had of the Matter—shall hear again in the Morning—my Baggage is in Train to enter the Clove. I am &c. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I hear from Kings Ferry that 30 Ships were off Fort Washington Yesterday—1 Frigate & 2 tenders near Tallers Point—that the three latter returned to the fleet in the Afternoon—I forget to mention that a Party of the Enemy (from 30 to 50) have burnt 5 or 6 Houses and as many Barns at Kronenburg, the Property of Whigs, they staid no longer than just to do the sd Business. half after ten—Recd...
hearing that the River is clear of the Enemy, I am thus far on my way to the Mouth of the Clove I shall reach it at sunset & halt for the Night, or, if it is thought best, halt here till night & make a Night March towards Kings ferry which will enable me to cross the River by Tomorrow Night—As the Wind is down the River I think there will be no Danger in attempting to pass tomorrow—I have sent...
I wrote Your Excellency an hour & half ago since have recd Yours by Lt. Keeler from Pequananck June 25—have ordered the Baggage between sidmans & Slats—& the Troops to take post at the Bridge about half way between suffrans & Slats—shall remain here for the present for sake of more conveniently hearing & communicating Intelligence—have desired Major Stagg to inform me of everything material. I...
The Officer on command at Newark informs me that four Square rigd Vessels & 14 others went up Hackinsack River last Evening—three of the Vessels appeared to have Some Troops on board & they had a number of flat Boats. Our Guards could not be all relieved before this day—I expect to march tomorrow—and am, your Excellency ’s most obedient Servant DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I have Your Excellencys favor of this day and shall attend to the Contents. I apprehend the Vessels, gone up Hackinsac, are to take in Wood, and perhaps some Hay. I am dear sir Your most obed. servt DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I inclose your Excellency a Letter from Lt Col. Gray. I have some Expectation of further Intelligence this Evening. I remain, very respectfully, Your Excellency’s most Ob[e]dient servt ALS , DLC:GW . The enclosure was a letter from Lt. Col. Ebenezer Gray to Huntington, written at Crane’s Mills, N.J., on this date: “I have this moment, (11 oClock) returned from Elizabeth where I have had...
I have this hour recd a Line from the Command at Newark that a Body of Enemy are out at Paramus—Numbers not known—they are also (I this Moment hear by Major Lenox) out at Halstead Point Elisabeth Town I have no Express from thence nor hear any Firing therefore conclude the last Party small—I am &c. ALS , DLC:GW . GW’s secretary Robert Hanson Harrison docketed this letter “ansd 24,” but no...
Lt Colo. Gray who commands the Guards below informs me that a Company of Militia Horse who have done duty under the command of Capn Craigs at Raway & Woodbridge in concert with our Guards are engaged for no longer than to this day. They are as necessary as ever, if not more so—I suppose—on application from Your Excellency or the Governor of the State, they would engage again. I am &c. Copy, in...
The Connecticut Line becomes weaker every Day by the three Years Men leaving us, besides two hundred unfit for Duty for Want of Shoes & Shirts—the Duty is at present as hard as in the most active Parts of a Campaign—I shall be obliged to diminish the Guards & consequently to attend more to their security and less to the other Objects of the Command—indeed, as to the Intercourse & Trafic with...
I inclose a Letter from the Officer commanding at Elisabeth Town respecting Prisoners, should not the Commissary of Prisoners know from Head Quarters whether his Prisoners may have a Flag, before they arrive upon the Lines, as they will be able by staying a Day or two there to collect Intelligence of our Affairs. I am, dear Sir, with the greatest Respect—Your Excellencys most Obedt Servant...
Letter not found : from Brig. Gen. Jedediah Huntington, 28 March 1780 . GW wrote Huntington on 29 March acknowledging “yours of yesterday.”
Letter not found: from Brig. Gen. Jedediah Huntington, 23 Oct. 1779 . GW wrote Huntington on 24 Oct.: “I have received Your favor of Yesterday.”
Just now Captain Stevens of my Brigade came into Camp from Killingsworth —he says that two Vessels arrived at New London last Wednesday, who sailed in Company with a French fleet from the West Indies of 70 Sail, that in the latitude of Bermudas they left them—That 40 sail had parted and gone to France, the rest were bound to this Coast—that there were in the fleet several men of War. I am Yr...
I have stated the subject of your Excellency’s Requisition, with my Opinion, in the few following Cases. That the Army immediately under sir H. Clinton is stronger than that under the immediate Command of your Excellency. That all their Men fit for Duty may be safely drawn from the Posts at & near N. York whilst their main force lies between N.Y. & the High Lands. That they command the River...
I transmit your Excellency an Arrangement of the 2nd Connect: Regiment, aggreable to your Directions. Col. sherman was call’d upon for a Certificate of the Appointments by the Gov: & Council—but had not got them—he says Mr Sherman Member of Congress is a Member of the Board of War —that he was present when those Appointments were made & took Minutes of them —I am with the greatest Esteem &...
The affairs of the 2nd Connecticut Battalion, by I know not what Fatality, seem to be in more Confusion than any other. just after General Putnam left Camp the three inclosed Arrangements were brought me from his Aid de Camp to forward to Head Quarters, I have numbered them 1, 2, 3; in N. 1, Lieut. Woolcot obtains his Rank which crowds Capt. Ten Eyck down to a Capt. Lieut. upon which Col....
When I gave Colonel Sherman an Order for the french Cloathing agreeable to your Excellencys Permission I hoped the rest of my Brigade might do without —but I find so many of them destitute & ragged that I have thought proper to give your Excellency a State of the Cloathing recd a considerable part of which was of very ordinary unsuitable Cloath & almost all without Lining & did but little...
Letter not found: from Jedediah Huntington, 2 Dec. 1778. On 14 Dec., GW wrote Huntington : “Your favor of the 2d Inst. meet me on the road to this place.”
Your several Favours & Commands of the 18th 19th & 20th reached me this Evening—Orders are gone to Genl Nixons Brigade to proceed to the Continental Village —I shall observe your Directions as to Deserters from the Convention Troops. After my Letter on the Subject of Cloathing had gone from me, I was not without a painful Apprehension that my Manner of expressing myself on the matter might be...
I have just recd Your Excellencys Order of Yesterday, from the last situation of the Division it was most convenient for Nixon’s Brigade, who lay in Woodbury, to march by the new Bridge through Newtown, where they halted last Night —I halted the Connecticut Brigades about three Miles North of this Town & came in myself to find a suitable Place for the Whole—the best position, on account of...
I understand by Col. Meigs that it is expected at Head Quarters that the Connecticut Troops will be supplied with Cloathing by Major Biggelo the Dep. Clothier at Hartford—but by the best Information I can get, he will not [be] able to clothe them in Uniform, nor, in any Manner, before Spring—If it is possible, I should be very happy to see the Connecticut Troops once well cloathed in Uniforms...
I here give your Excellency my Opinion on the Sum of the Questions proposed to your Council the last Evening —the Shortness of the Time and Interruptions forbid a lengthy Deduction of the Arguments which in the Course of Information on the subject have determined me—the Mind sometimes fixes on an Opinion with pretty good precision without being able to arrange on paper the Reasons for &...
Agreeable to your Excellencys Desire communicated to your General Officers, I have made a few detached and imperfect Observations on the Subjects mentioned — upon the small Detail . some Gentlemen have been pleased to express their Surprise and lay under Reproach, our civil and military Transactions, because they do not find in this our Embryo state, the Wisdom and Art of those perfect and...
Most or all the within Commands might be releived by the Troops near the North River without any Inconvenience that I can see, at present the Men are without any regular Payments of Money or Clothes, and being out of the Care & Inspection of their own Officers, I fear many of them will run away. I wish, if it is agreeable to your Excellency, that a Field Officer from the Brigade with Your...
I am favoured with your Excellency’s Letter of the 3d inst. & observe your Desire that I march my Men fit for Duty immediately to Peek’s Kill. Since the Date of your Letter, the Governor & Council have resolved forthwith to make a Draft of Men to fill up the continintal Battalions, upon which I think my Stay here very necessary & shall therefore presume it to be your Pleasure untill further...
In Obedience to your Excellencie’s Order of the 12th March I send a Return of my Regiment, am sorry it rises no higher, I could go out of Service with more Cheerfullness than I cam into it or make any other Sacrafice to accelerate this important Business—Major Sill will march with a Division of my Regiment as soon as they are able—the Men are but just leaving the Hospital—many of them had the...
Recommend Stephen Keyes “A Young Gentleman from Connecticutt . . . as a person of Education, Genius, & Spirit, & capable of doing honour to any Regt in which yr Excelly Should see fit to appoint him a Lieut.” LS , DLC:GW . This undated letter was apparently written about the same time as was Joseph Spencer’s letter to GW of 16 Dec. recommending Keyes. For background on this letter, see Keyes...