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Letter not found: from Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 16 Nov. 1779 . GW wrote Trumbull on 20 Nov.: “I have been honoured with Your Excellency’s Letter of the 16th.”
Letter not found: from Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 30 Oct. 1779 . GW wrote Trumbull on 4 Nov.: “I have to acknowlege your Excellency’s favor of the 30th of last month.”
Letters not found: from Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 23 Nov. 1779. GW wrote Trumbull on 8 Dec.: “I have been honored with your Excellency’s favors of the 23d ulto.”
Letter not found : from Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 27 Aug. 1779. On 31 Aug., GW wrote Trumbull: “I was yesterday honored with your Excellency’s letter of the 27th.”
Letter not found : from Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 2 Oct. 1779. On 7 Oct., GW wrote Trumbull: “I have this moment been honored with yours of the 2d.” For more on the contents of Trumbull’s letter, see GW to Trumbull, 10 October.
Letter not found: from Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 12 Dec. 1778. On 19 Dec., GW wrote Trumbull : “I am honored with Your Excellency’s favour of the 12th instant.”
Lebanon, Conn., 15 July 1777 . “William Adams a Lieutenant in Coll Durkee’s Battalion raised in this State, thinking himself superceded in appointments, hath applied to me for a dismission which doth not belong to me to grant. I do therefore refer the matter to Your Excellency’s consideration.” LB , Ct : Trumbull Papers.
Would acquaint your Excellency, we have just receivd Intelligence from New York, by three different ways & in such a manner, that we have great Reason to think the Enemy are meditating a Blow against this State—The traitorous Arnold, it is say’d, is prepareing to come out with three or four british Regiments in order to penetrate into the Country, and it is very probable it will be by the way...
Your alarming Letter of the 6th Febry last came to hand, and was open’d at Hartford, where the General Assembly were then sitting, on the 17th of the Month. I was at the Time so indispos’d as to attend Business but a small part of the Sessions. This added to the total Difference of my sentiments from a great Majority of the Assembly, on the subject of the regulating Act, then in Consideration,...
Lt Colo. Canfield’s Regiment at Stamford was raised to serve untill first of April next, he hath lately been instructed to remove and form our lines near Byram river. I am desired by our Assembly to apply to your Excellency, and request some of your Troops to be sent down to supply the place of that regiment at the expiration of its time, in part at least. I have mentioned the matter to your...
As it may be of Consequence for you to be acquainted with every Movement of the Enemy, would inform your Excellency, that by a Letter this day receiv’d from Govr Bradford Dated the 20th instant, have Intelligence that, on the forenoon of that day, twenty seven Sail left New Port and appear’d to be bound up Sound—and that they learnt by some Deserters before that Time that two Hessian Regiments...
I am favoured with your two Letters of 20th & 22d Instant. Of the Lead Ore which is raising at Middletown in this Colony but small Quantity is yet smelted—the Work is going on & hope you may be supplied with Lead from thence e’er long—We are not furnished with experienced Workmen as we could Wish—the only Workman whose Experience may be depended on is at present unfit for Duty. Some Arms are...
I have the honor of you[r] Letter of the 1st inst.—have now the pleasure to congratulate you on the further Successes of the Army at the Northward—Hope this Aurora Borealis may not only dispell the gloom, and establish our Affairs in that Quarter—but be the forerunner of success and Victory in every other Department. The greatest part of our Intelligence is contained in the enclosed Hartford...
In Compliance with the Requisition of the Honle Continental Congress and of your Excellency, we are with the Greatest Chearfulness making our Utmost Exertions, to Raise and Dispatch one Battalion to Canada, and three to your Camp; and have much Satisfaction to Informe you, that there appears, a great Freedom in our Men, to engage in each of those important Services; and the Regiments are...
James Wilson a soldier of this State, on duty at Horseneck, was placed a Sentinel over Nathan Frink a notorious traitor to the States, who had been taken in arms against the same. Frink found means to bribe Wilson to suffer his escape—and both went off together—After this Wilson was taken from the enemy—tried by a Court martial and sentenced to suffer death—While this sentence was sent to me...
I received your favour of the 4th instant,—Observe the contents—The new Levies will come into camp in a short Space—save that on the present Emergency, so large a fleet appearing on our Coasts—I have Ordered Colo. Webb to leave one Captain with his Company at New-Haven for the present—In Addition to one quarter part of the Trained Soldiers of five of our Regiments lying on the Sea Coasts and...
In my letter of the 13th instant was enclosed a Resolution of Congress respecting the garrison at Wyoming. Colo. Denison belonging to that place returning from hence will deliver this—he is a gentlemen of established good character and fully acquainted with the circumstances of that part of the Country. I therefore thought it proper, as he is passing near your Head quarters—to desire him to...
Yesterday I received an Express from our Brig. General Silliman, informing that the two State Regiments under command of Lieut. Colonels Wells and Bebee were removed further from Horseneck, by which that important pass is laid open to the enemy—That not only that place, but also Stamford are in the greatest danger of ruin. Your Excellency will remember that at our interview at Hartford I...
Your Excellency’s letter of the third instant is received—We have exerted ourselves to obtain money for the Connecticut line of the Army, and have had success so far as to put up thirty five hundred pounds lawfull money in silver and Gold, ready to be conveyd to the Army for pay and Wages of our line; it will be at Danbury by the fifteenth instant—wish for directions relative to bringing it...
Pursuant to request from the Continental Congress this day received have given orders to Capt. Giles Hall Commander of the Brigantine Minerva to sail with all possible dispatch on a cruize to the River St Lawrence or there abouts in quest of two vessels from England bound to Quebec with Arms &c. as I presume you will be fully advised of before this reaches you by the same express from the...
I this minute recd Your Favors of the 24th ulto & note the Contents, but have not Time to be very particular in my Answer at this Time, I most fully agree with You in the Importance of raising & furnishing the new Army, & wish it was in my power to do more than I can to forward it, nothing is wanting that I can, & some Progress is made therein & I hope soon to give You a more agreable Account....
This will be delivered by Capt. William Redfield he hath a Son with one Levi North, prisoners on board the British Ship, the Bedford, Wishes your Excelly’s permission to go with a Flag into New York by the way of Dobbs’s Ferry—He brings with him some British prisoners for the purpose of an Exchange for them; and One Brainerd Leiut. of the Brig. Samson. Capt. Redfield is a gentleman on whom we...
The Friends and relatives of the Naval prisoners now in New–York are extreamly solicitous to afford them relief, by sending them Money; or effecting their Exchange—There are more than One hundred British Prisoners in the Prisonship at New London, among them are four or five Commanders—I understood by Mr Aaron Olmstead that the Commissary General of Prisoners was going into New–York to...
I suppose Your Excellency is not wholly unacquainted with the Character of Mr David Bushnell the Bearer, He has had a liberal Education, & discovers a Genius capable of great Improvement in Mathematical, Philosophic & Mechanical Literature, his Inventions for annoying the Enemys Shipping are new & ingenuous & I trust founded on such Principles as wod insure Success, the Vigilence practiced in...
Since my last of the 31st ultmo have resolved to throw over upon Long Island a Thousand or fifteen hundred Troops, and the necessary orders are accordingly gone forth—and expect the same will be immediately Effected —have likewise wrote to Governor Cooke to afford what Assistance in his Power for the same purpose —Thought it expedient to give your Excellency the earliest Intimation of this...
I have the Honor to acknowlege the Receipt of your Excellency’s Favor of the 20th of Decemr inclosing the Return of the Connecticut Line of Soldiers engaged to serve during the War—I have also received that ⅌ Genl Knox—& with extream Regret I observed its Subject—The Consideration of the last Letter will be taken up with much Attention—& I hope Measures will be adopted, to give full...
I have received your two last favours, and thankfully accept the early intelligence given by that of the 24th instant with the deposition therein transmitted to me. On this Occasion I ask your favour to recommend and send to me a Skilful Engineer, if one can be spared, to view the Situation and Circumstances of our Port of New London, to consider and direct the most eligible manner of...
Your favours of the 6th 7th & 10th Instant are recieved, and am much Oblidged to your Excellency for the early Notice given me in that of the 6th of the supposed Embarkation of about three thousand of the Enemy and of their destination. Your’s of the 7th advising of the Approaching Dissolution of a large part of our Army is truly Alarming, and that season drawing near am Sensible will be most...
I have the Honor of your Letter of the 7th instant respecting Camp Equipage for the se of the Troops of this State—I am very sensible of the Importance of this Requisition & shall attend to it with particular Consideration—Our Genl Assembly will meet soon—when your Letter with One from the Q.M. Genl shall be laid before them—& hope Measures will be by then taken to make necessary Preparations...
I have the Honor to inclose your Excellency a Copy of my Letter of this date to the President of Congress, requesting the attention of that honorable Body to the unhappy situation of our Countrymen Prisoners in Great Britain, and proposing an Effort to obtain their Exchange. That Humanity which has hitherto deterr’d us from retaliating upon our Enemies their own barbarous treatment of...