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your favors of the 2d and 5th Instants have afforded me infinite satisfaction, as the measures you are pursuing for subsisting the Army perfectly accord with my Ideas, and are, I am certain, the only ones which can secure us from distress or the constant apprehensions of it. Had magazines of any consequence been formed in the different States, in pursuance of the late requisitions of Congress,...
I have yours of the 31st ulto and can readily excuse your not answering my letters with regularity, as I know the weight of important Business that lays upon your hands. The Return of Stores made by Mr Towers is so small that I do not think the immediate removal of them any ways necessary. Besides they are such as will be cheifly taken up by the Troops upon their march. If there are any bulky...
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 shall thank you for yr Care of the Inclosed. nothing of consequence since my last to Congress —frequent Skirmishes happen between the Enemys foraging Parties & our Scouts; but they come out so strong now, we can make nothing of this. Most sincerely I am Yrs ALS , NjMoHP . The enclosure has not been identified. GW is referring to his letter to Hancock of 5 Feb. 1777 .
I take the earliest opportunity of informing you, that the Baron Steuben has returned from Canada without being able to accomplish any part of the business he had in charge. In consequence of which and of the late Season of the Year, I have judged it impossible to take possession of the Western Posts this fall and have ordered a Stop to be put to the movement of Troops and Stores and to the...
In consequence of a request from me to Mr Lowrey, that he would continue to purchase and forward Flour to the utmost extent of his Commission, he informs me that he has compleated the purchase of 2000 Barrels and that he has began upon that of 1000 more; but of this he desires me to give you notice; meaning I suppose that you may put a stop to it, if it should not meet your approbation. I have...
I have been honored with your favr of the 7th Inst. upon the Subject of Tents for this Army. That you might receive proper Information of the Number wanted, I directed the Quarter Master General to return you an Estimate, whose Office it is to provide them. His Report you will find in the inclosed Letter which I beg leave to refer you, and requesting that the greatest Dispatch may be used in...
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...
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 been honored with yours of the 23d ulto. I take the earliest opportunity of informing you that our whole dependence for Flour is upon you. The State of New York it is said has a considerable quantity yet within it, but so exhausted are the resources of the Legislature that they can command none of it. New Jersey has not either passed laws to draw forth the specific supplies demanded of...
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 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...
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...
Immediately after you left Camp, I applied to Mr Tarlé the French Intendant and requested to know the quantity of Flour which he could spare us and where he would wish to have it replaced. I have not been able to ascertain either of these points, but from a conversation which passed yesterday between Mr Tarle and Colo. Stewart on the subject, I do not imagine we shall obtain more than 1000 or...
I send you herewith the Estimate and requisition of Pay for the Writers employed under Colo. Varick’s direction, and hope he will be enabled, by the time they have completed their Work, to make a settlement with them. I have the honour to be Sir &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...
If some very effectual Measures are not fallen upon to recover the Arms and Accoutrements that are put into the Hands of the Militia after they return home; we shall be put to the greatest difficulty to arm the regular Regiments as they are raised. I therefore beg that the Council of Safety or whoever has the delivery of the Arms would be very particular in taking Receipts from the Colonels or...
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...
If a midst a multiplicity of Important matters, you could suffer a trivial one to Intrude, I should thank you most heartily, for taking a Letter or two of mine, when you do your own, by the Southern Mail, and forwarding of them, as oppertunity offers, to the Camp. I have long since drop’d all private corrispondance with my friends in Virginia, finding it incompatable with my public business—A...
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...
Capt. Machin of the Artillery is detached to pursue some deserters from that Corps—he will have occasion for some money for expences—If you can advance him about £10 it will be sufficient, & will oblige the public as well as Dr Sir Yrs DLC : Papers of George Washington.
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...
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...
I have the honor to enclose to you a Copy of the propositions made by Messrs Duer & Parker for advancing 3 Months pay to the Army previous to the dissolution of it—and I do it with the more satisfaction because I cannot but hope from their Letter as well as the conversations I have held with those Gentlemen that the Measure will now become practicable, and because I know that the most...
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 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...
I have to inform you that a very considerable debt has been incurred upon you as Financier of the United States by an Order for the Releif of the Officers of the Army from the Goods found in York Town—each Officer military & Staff having been authorized to take up on public Acco. the Sum of £20 in Virginia Currency for which Mr Ross, Commercial Agent of this State, is answerable to the...
The inclosed Letter to Congress will shew you my intention of passing the River again & the Plans I have in view. After you have perused it, I beg your care of it & that it may be closed & transmitted ’em by the earliest Opportunity. I am Dear Sir with sentiments of great regard Yr Most Obed. St P.S. I shall be particularly obliged ⟨for⟩ your care of the Two other ⟨L⟩etters inclosed. That for...
I have before me your favor of yesterday, and for answer would inform you, that I shall most chearfully cooperate with you in endeavoring to save the Frigate Delaware, and for this purpose shall immediately inclose your Letter to Colo. Cadwallader, with directions for Capt. Alexander, with his Officers and a sufficient number of men to proceed to Phila. without delay in order to carry the...
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...
Accounts brought by several Vessels to Philada and to the Eastward leave little doubt but that the Count de Grasse must have already arrived in the Chesapeak, or that he must be very soon there—The Count de Rochambeau and myself have therefore determined that no time ought to be lost in making preparations for our transportation from Trenton to Christiana and from the Head of Elk down the...
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 Gentleman who will have the honor of presenting this to you, delivered me the inclosed (original) Letter . The House of Robert Cary Esqr. and Co. of which Mr Welch was one, was very respectable—I corrisponded with it many years, and had most of my Goods there from. Mr Moore wishing to be introduced to you carries with him in the inclosed recommendation all the knowledge I have of him for I...
I use the present Opportunity to return to you the Bill drawn in my Favor on Messrs Richards & Comp y of New London—not having had an Opportunity to present it for Payment. Your Note of the 18th I have received, with your Letter directed to Major Genl Greene—the first good Opportunity will be improved for its, conveyance. With great Regard & Esteem I am Dear Sir Your St DLC : Papers of George...
We have the greatest Occasion at present for hard Money, to pay a certain set of People who are of particular use to us. If you could possibly collect a Sum, if it were but One hundred or one hundred and fifty Pounds it would be of great Service. Silver would be most convenient. I am taking every Measure to improve our late lucky Blow, and hope to be successful; the greatest impediment to our...
Mrs Washington & myself heard with much pleasure from Major Jackson, that you & Mrs Morris had it in contemplation a visit to Prince Town; & we join very sincerely in offering you a Bed at our Quarters. The inconvenience of accepting it, can only be to yourselves, as the room is not so commodious as we could wish; but in the crowded situation of this place is equal perhaps to any you could...
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.
Mrs Washington and I, will wait on you and Mrs Morris at dinner, on Monday next, with great pleasure. If in pursuing the bent of my own inclination, I was happy enough to pay such attention as was pleasing to you at Valley forge, it was more than the time or the place gave me any reason to hope; and the favourable light in which they are mentioned by you cannot but be pleasing to—Dr Sir Yr...
I have received, & I thank you, for your favor of the 1st Instt. Almost at the same instant of its arrival a letter from Messrs Hewes Smith & Allan was put into my hands giving an acct of the safe arrival of the Wine (mentioned by you) at Edenton; & of their having confided it to the care of Mr Turnbull (at his own earnest request) to be conveyed to me. Should it arrive in good order I shall...
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...
It is of such essential consequence, in my opinion, that the Army should be regularly supplied with Rum during the present operation, that I cannot forbear interesting myself on the subject. When we take into consideration how precious the lives of our men are, how much their health depends upon a liberal use of Spirits, in the judgment of the most skillful Physicians, who are best acquainted...
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...
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...
There are 311 Barrels of Salt Beef at Portsmouth in New Hampshire, which, to save land Carriage, I had directed to be sent to Providence by Water, but Mr president Weare writes me that the risque is too great, as there are a number of privateers in that quarter—I have therefore informed him that you will dispose of it on the spot and procure a like quantity in Philada. I shall be obliged to...
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 have recd your favors of the 15th and 21st. Your opinion of the absolute necessity of a repeal of all tender laws, before a new species of paper, tho’ upon even so good an establishment, will gain credit with the public, is certainly founded upon reason and justified by experience. I am in hopes that most if not all the Legislatures have at length seen the fatal effects of those laws and...
I thank you for the Communication, which you have been pleased to make to me under the 11th of July. It was handed to me on my return last evening from a Tour I have been making to the Northward and Westward, as far as Crown point & Fort Schuyler, to view the Posts and Country in that part of the United States Territory. The anticipations you have been obliged to make are indeed great, and...
I have in confidence imparted to you the alteration of our late plan and made you acquainted with our intended operations—Besides the provision necessary at the Head of Elk to carry the troops down the Bay a very considerable Quantity will be wanted in Virginia. I should suppose three hundred Barrels of Flour—as many of salt Meat and eight or ten Hhds of Rum would be sufficient at Elk—For what...
Your favour of yesterday came duely to hand, and I thank you for the several agreeable Articles of Intelligence therein contain’d. for godsake hurry Mr Mease with the Cloathing as nothing will contribute more to facilitate the recruiting Service than warm & comfortable Cloathing to those who engage. Muskets are not wanted at this place, nor should they, or any other valuable Stores (in my...
You are well acquainted with my Opinion, upon the inexpediency of keeping any more Stores in the City of philadelphia, than are absolutely necessary for the equipment of the new Levies. I am at this time particularly anxious to have them removed. The Enemy have lately been considerably reinforced in Jersey and, from a variety of Accounts are meditating some Blow. I am firmly persuaded that...