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I feel myself happy in having this opportunity, by this Letter, of introducing to your personal acquaintance Mr Parker, one of the Contractors for this Army the bearer of it; whose chaarcter as a Gentlemen of amiable manners & dispositions; and as a Man of great integrity & capacity in business will have preceded him, and almost supersedes the necessity of my repeating that the business of the...
Very painfull Sensations are excited in my Mind by your Letter of the 27th of febry—It is impossible for me to express to you the Regret, with which I received the Information it contains. I have often reflected, with much solicitude, upon the disagreeableness of your Situation & the Negligence of the several States, in not enabling you to do that Justice to the public Creditors, which their...
Some complaints having been made respecting the quality of the Beef lately issued to the Troops, and the Contractors (whose conduct has been perfectly satisfactory) having solicited that a Person should be appointed to inspect it in future, previous to delivery—I have therefore this day appointed for this purpose, Majr Henry Wikoff of Fishkill until your pleasure should be known: of which I...
I have the honor to acknowledge the recet of your Letter of the 28 January inclosing one Thousand Dollars (in Notes) for Coll Varick—whose Receipt shall be obtained and transmitted agreably to your desire. I cannot omit mentioning that the Officer of the Detachment sent from Phila. with Marine Prisoners—Reports—that no Arrangemint having been made for their Subsistence on the Road—both Guard &...
As I never saw, nor never heard of the resolve of Congress spoken of by the Secretary at war (as mentioned in your letter of the 21st Instt) I conceive it to be a right inherent with Command to limit (as circumstances & the nature of Service may require) the proportion of Women to the Men of an Army I confess I felt myself hurt by the interference of other departments without any previous...
I am honored with your favor of the 20th inst. enclosing the Copy of a Letter to the Pay Mastr General; the subject of yours have been communicated to Mr Flint principal Agt for the Contractors with the Army, who assured me there is no doubt every facility will be given by them to the circulation of the Notes in contemplation to be issued. With sentiments of Esteem I have the honor to be Sir...
I am to acknowledge the recet of your two favors of the 27 and 31st December and to acquaint you that agreably to the latter I have drawn on you in favor of Mr Andrew Billings for forty Guineas for the purposes specified in the draft. Inclosed is copy of an application made to me by Colo. Varick on the subject of Pay for his Writers—this business is getting into such a state of forwardness...
The last Post brought me your favor of the 26th Ulto, covering Doctr Smiths Draft of the 23d for Fifty Guineas—I am obliged to you for paying the money, & charging it to the acct mentioned; altho’ I was provided for the demand, & should have paid the Bill at Sight. I have lately purchased a piece of Land near Alexandria at the price of £2000 Virginia Curry with a view to exchange it for a...
The Officer who is the bearer of this, has in charge a number of Marine Prisoners, who were lately captured by a party of Troops on the Sound—There is amongst them one Hoit who has a Commission in the Refugee Corps, but who by his conduct in several instances since he was taken, particularly in attempting to induce Soldiers to desert, does not appear to be worthy of a Parole—Not knowing what...
I have received the Two Letters you did me the honor to write on the 17th inst. By the enclosed Return of Horses to which Forage was issued a few days since, you will be convinced the number is much smaller than ever was kept with an Army of equal strength before—Sensible of the difficulty of procuring large supplies in the vicinity of the Cantonment, I had directed all but those Horses I...
In consequence of a Resolve of Congress I some time since directed an inscription with some devices to be engraved on the Cannon to be presented to Count Rochambeau & inclosed is a Certificate of Genl Knox relative to the execution of the work and its price. In answer to Mr Billings application to me for his pay I informed him I would write you on the subject and did not doubt you would order...
Since I had the honor of writing to you on the 11th inst . I have received a Letter of the same date from Sir Guy Carleton; of which the following is an Extract. "On this occasion I cannot help suggesting, that your Naval Prisoners here are in want, as I am informed, of many necessaries to protect them against the inclemency of the Winter. If it is not held proper by Congress that any exchange...
I have been honored with your two favors of the 30th ulto and that of the 3d inst. Upon a supposition that Mr Skinner may have delivered up the papers respecting the Marine prisoners to Lt Colo. Smith, I have written to him and desired to be informed whether it be so or not—If he is not possessed of them, I will write to Mr Skinner and direct the delivery to Mr Turner. Upon a full...
As the Contracts for the ensuing Year will shortly be made, I take the liberty of suggesting several matters which appear to me necessary either to be inserted in the Body of the Contracts themselves, or to be provided for by special stipulations with the Contractors. Under the former arrangements, If the Contractors made an offer of provisions which should be deemed intirely bad or not of so...
I take the Liberty to inclose to your Care a Letter for the Chevalr de La Luzerne on the Subject of Expence, which at his Request, I have incurred for the purpose of forwarding Intelligence of the Movements of the Enemy at N. York, to the Marquis de Vaudrieul. If our Circumstances would admit, I should be very glad that this Expence should be defrayed by the United States; it is infinitely...
I have been honored with yours of the 5th covering Copy of the Resolve of the 1st and of your circular letters to the Executives of the States and your Receivers—I am in hopes they will have the desired effect, and I shall take every proper opportunity of making the use of them which you request. I have the honor to be with real Esteem Sir Yr most obt Servt. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
Applications are makg to me from the States individually, respectg the Exchanges of marine prisoners, which are in their respective possession. As I consider myself to have no Agency in this Matter—& must expect to be constantly teized in this Business, unless it is put into a more Systematical Train than at present—I must beg that you will be so good, as to relieve me in this instance, by...
I have been honored with three of your letters bearing date the 19th and one the 25th of Septemr. Inclosed you have Colo. Varricks rect for 800 dollars. General Cornell is at present at Fishkill at a meeting with the Contractors—You may be assured he shall have all my countenance and assistance in the execution of his business—I hope he will be able to make it unnecessary for me to address a...
Tho it is not my wish or design to wound you with fruitless complaints, of which I know you are not the cause, & for the consequences of which you cannot be responsible, Yet I have judged it expedient you should be made acquainted with the actual temper & disposition of the Army; a sketch of which is given without dimunution or exageration (to the best of my knowledge) in the enclosed Copy of...
I have been honored with yours of the 12th and am exceedingly happy to find that General Cornell has accepted the Office of Inspector of the Contracts &ca. I wish to see him as soon as possible as his presence becomes every day more and more necessary. Mr Mullins delivered me 480 dollars he having taken 20 to defray his Expences—This he says was by desire of Mr Swanwick—I have yet recd no...
I am really more alarmed at the Contents of your letters of the 29th and 30th of Augt and 9th of this month, than at any occurence which hath lately happened—and I am embarrassed with respect to one paragraph in that of the 30th of Augt vizt "The other which is the principal one, that you may found a warm application on it to the states—You will, I hope, keep this intirely to yourself, you...
Partly for want of answers to my letters to you of the 2d and 4th instants, requesting money for the use of our Commissioners and the accounts for the maintainance of Prisoners, and partly for want of answers to some matters proposed by me to Congress, I have been under the necessity of deferring the meeting, which was appointed on the 18th, to the 26th of this month. It will be extremely...
When applications, of a similar nature to the Colo. Varricks letter of 3d sepr 1782, inclosed, are made to me, I am under the necessity of referring them to you—I know your distress on the score of public Money and can therefore only request that you will assist Colo. Varrick in whole or in part of his present demand as soon as circumstances will admit. I have the honor to be &ca. . DLC :...
Previous to the meeting of our Commissioners, who will be Majors General Heath and Knox, I am under the necessity of applying to you to provide the means of their support while they are upon the Commission—I shall propose Orange town as the place of meeting—I should suppose five hundred Dollars, and that in Specie (as they will be in a part of the Country where paper will not be negotiable)...
I am under the necessity of enclosing you the Copy of a letter I have this day received from Mr Walter Livingston, with that of one from him to Mr Richardson Sands. From these you will perceive to how precarious a situation we are reduced in regard to the Article of Flour—the Quantity for which Mr Livingston calls upon Mr Richardson Sands is so very trifling, that it is scarcely worth...
I have had the honor of receiving your Cypher of the 17th and letter of the 20th ulto Should the money alluded to in the first be paid into my hands, it shall be applied as you direct. I should have had hopes from yours of the 20th that all difficulties between you and the Contractors had been settled, had I not received a letter from Mr. Walter Livingston dated at Morris town the 31st of last...
Mr Wells, who handed me your several Favors of the 8th—9th & 13th, arrived here on the 21st & was immediately furnished with passports from me to proceed to the Enemys out posts. If he succeeds in his purposes & brings out any thing to my Care, I shall most cheerfully comply with your Request in receiving & disposing of it. Colo. Tilghman communicated to me your Ideas respecting the...
I have received by Colo. Tilghman your Letter of the 5th instant, with a particular state of your Accounts with The Contractors for Money advanced them. I am much Obliged by this Communication, as it will enable me to combat the Constant Assertions which are made by Mr Sands, that the Contract is not fulfilled on your part. I am very glad to find that Mr Edwards, one of the Beef Contractors,...
On my Return from Phila. I found many Complaints against Mr Sands for frequent want of provisions—as well as Badness of Quality in what he did furnish—both these Greivances have subsisted till the present Time and the Troops have been without their Rations for several days at various Times. In Castg about for a Remedy, I find, none is provided in the Contracts, but what is to be applied by the...
Since my arrival here General Heath has put into my hands, the Letter from Messrs Sands & Co. (of which the enclosed is a Copy) in answer to one from the Genl to the Contractors, on the subject of repeated deficiency in the supply of provisions, during my absence & the great distress of the Troops consequent thereof. As the Representation contained in this Letter differs materially from the...
Upon my return from Albany & our upper Posts last evening, I found your two favours of the 21st & 22nd of June. I have given directions to the Commissy Genl of Prisoners to have the amount of Money due from our Officers (who have been Prisoners of War) to Persons within the Enemy’s Lines, particularly ascertained; & to transmit an abstract thereof to you as soon as may be. Confident that the...
Your two favors of the fourth Instant were deliverd to me by General Lincoln—it is an easy matter to perceive by the tenor of one of them you have imbibed an Opinion that the Officers of this army are captious and that by attempting to remove one complaint a Door is opend to others—I am not much surprized at this—You have probably adopted it from the Representation of Mr Sands of whom without...
Inclosed is the System of Issues which I mentioned in my last—It has been submitted to principal Offi ce rs of the Army—is agreeable to them—& in the Absence of Mr Sands, has been fully & freely consented to by Colo. Chas Stuart in the Name & on Behalf of all the Contractors—It remains only to obtain your Approbation—if that is given, & the System takes place, I hope most of the present...
Colo. Varick being in great Distress for his Money, & fearg, from an Expression in yours of 23d ulto, that its Delay is owing to his not havg sent forward a Receipt, has left one with me for the Sum of 800 Dollars which I now transmit & beg that he may receive the Money ⅌ the first safe Conveyance. I am &ca DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I have been honored with your Favor of the 23d of April. The Information it contains, is in some Respects, pleasing and important. I thank you for the Communication; and need not assure you, that your Confidence shall never be abused by me. In a circular Letter which I have lately written to the States, I have taken Occasion to mention, the failure you experience from them, in their...
The inclosed additional Contract formed by Genl Schuyler with Mr Duer came to Hand a few Days ago—I transmit it to you together with an Extract of the Letter which accompanied it—& hope the transaction may meet with your Approbation. I am &c. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I have had the honor to receive your Letter of the 22nd of April respecting the interference of the Contract for the Moving Army, with the Contract for supplying the Troops in Jersey;I am happy to find your ideas coincide so well with my own.And as no application has been made to me on the subject by the Contractors, I hope & expect these matters will be settled without coming before me. By...
I am obliged to you for the Copy of the Contract you have been pleased to send me under cover of your Favor of the 15th Instant—It came very opportunely, as I have already been applied to for a Determination upon the points which are submitted to my Decision. I am very glad to find that an Intendant, appointed by you, is to attend the Army, & to hear & decide on Causes of Complaint or...
Your Favor of the 3d Instant inclosing Mr Duers Contract—& papers relative thereto, I have received—and have transmitted the same to Genl Schuyler at Albany with a Request that he will see its Object fully attained—the intimate knowledge of those Posts which Mr Duer is to supply—& his carefull Attention to a rigid OEconomy, the Necessity of which he is fully apprised of renders him in my...
Upon my arrival at this place, I found complaints that the Jersey Brigade had not been regularly supplied; and was informed by the Commanding Officer that the Person to whom the contract is formed out attributed this irregularity to the want of Money—I accordingly called upon Mr Logan the Sub. contractor (& only ostensible character here) to give me his reasons in writing why the troops were...
I have been honored with your favor of this Morning. I will make an experiment with your drafts upon Mr Swanwick which I doubt not may be disposed of among the trading people in New York and New Jersey. The smaller the Bills are the more easily will they be negociated—The sum of 4000 dollars will be sufficient—at one time. I have the honor to be &c. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
Major Genl Baron Steuben proposes to leave Town next week and has again applied to me on the subject of his former Letter—I think his situation peculiar and such as to call for Some attention to his request and I would wish you to comply with it, so far as is consistent with your other arrangements. I am &c. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
Well knowing the difficulties in which you are involved it ever gives me pain to make application to you on the score of Money. But as I cannot give the Baron Steuben an answer without knowing whether it will be in your power to comply with the terms he asks, I am under the necessity of inclosing his letter to me on the subject of the arrearages of his Pay.I am with great Respect Sir Yr most...
I do myself the honor to inclose Capt. Van Heers Estimates of the sums in his opinion sufficient to recruit—mount and accoutre his Corps—Agreeable to your desire I applied the beginning of this month to the President and Council for an advance of a sum of Money for recruiting, upon this principle, that as the Men would be raised in the state and considered as part of its Quota, it appeared to...
I have been honored with yours of the 26th ulto preparing a plan of providing the Officers with Cloathing—I approve of it generally, and think it will have a happy effect. I will only beg leave to make this remark, that the amount of two Months pay of subalterns will be scarcely sufficient to enable them to purchase a sufficiency of the Articles necessary for the genteel equipment of an...
It appears to me but reasonable that an Officer under Major Mcphersons circumstances, acknowledged by no State and belonging to no Corps should be put upon the same footing in respect to his depreciation of pay as the Foreign Officers in our service were. I have the honor to be&c. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
On examination I find the Map of the Southern States shewn me by Capt. Hutchins much too general to answer any Military purpose I therefore think that Gentlemans presence at the Southward very necessary and should be glad if a necessary sum of Money could be furnished to enable him to proceed there without delay. I am. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I have recd your favr of the 23d respecting Capt. Hutchins and shall give you a more difinitive answer after I have seen that Gentleman. By a letter which General Lincoln addressed to me before he went to the Eastward, I find that you approve of my plan of sending Officers to the four New England States, particularly, with the Returns of the deficiencies of Troops, and with instructions to...
Knowing full well the multiplicity & importance of yr business, it would give me more pain than pleasure if I thought your friendship, or respect for me did, in the smallest degree, interfere with it.—At all times I shall be happy to see you, but wish it to be in your moments of leizure—if any such you have. Mrs Washington, myself and family, will have the honor of dining with you in the way...
I inclose you for acceptance my two drafts for you in favr of Mr David Ross Commissioner of Trade for the State of Virginia one for £7452.12 0 1/2 Stirling—the other for £6035.17 2 1/2 Stirling—which two sums are for the Amount of the Goods purchased of the British Merchants in York and delivered out to the Officers of the Army—Mr Ross’s letter to me which was laid before you this morning...