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I did not leave New York untill the 18th ultimo, it being the earliest period that we were able consistent with the wish of Governor Clinton to withdraw the troops from thence. Indeed we then left nearly one hundred men, who are since releived by a company of light infantry, of the regiment retained in Service. In addition to which there is a sub., and about twenty artillery men. I have...
Letter not found: from Annis Boudinot Stockton, 4 Jan. 1784. On 18 Feb. GW wrote to Stockton : “The intemperate weather . . . prevented your letter of the 4th of last month from reaching my hands ’till the 10th of this.”
After your public Audience was concluded on the 23d of Deer the President of Congress took me aside, and requested, “if any thing should occur to me in consequence of what had just been suggested in favor of the Gentlemen of General Washington’s family who had continued with him to that moment, that I would communicate it to him in a Letter,” and further observed, that he should take great...
Puis-je espérer que votre excellence voudra Bien Se rapeller encore quelqu’un qui ne peut jamais Oublier les Bontes flatteuses dont elle l’a honore, et qui ose aujourd’huy en Solliciter une nouvélle préuve. L’amérique daigne admettre quelques officiers de L’armée De Rochambeau à L’association La plus honnorable, et La plus chére aux coeurs des françois, Puisquelle fixe L’époque de la Gloire...
The Count De Estaing has the Honor to submit to His Excellency Gl Washington the four Memorials which have been sent to him since the last Letters He had the honor to address to him on the 25th of December 1783. Mr De Choin Colonel of Dragoons Count De Kergariou Locmaria Captain of the Navy Count Edwd Dillon, Colonel Count Castellane Majestres, Captn of the Navy, are [not] the only Gentlemen...
I congratulate you my dear sir on your safe return to your native country and to that domestic ease and happiness you have so long earnestly wish’d for. Your disinterested virtue and patriotism have raised you to a height of glory which no human being can exceed, and stamp’d a value on your character superior if possible to the laurels you have gaind in the field, and the glorious independence...
The inclosed Letter to Major Davidson, now one of the Council of this State, authenticates the address I had the honor to present at Annapolis. The County Tyrone has been remarkable for a spirit of patriotism ever since the commenc[e]ment of the American revolution. In 1775, Mr Patterson, a merchant of this Town, tho’ born in Ireland, traveled through that County and assures me that such was...
I wrote you particularly on the 3d instant and enclosed you my report to Congress with the various returns. I have now finished the necessary arrangements for the winter and in a few hours I shall set out for Boston—The public interest has been my actuating principle in the cou[r]se of this business and I flatter myself will meet your approbation. I have found it necessary to direct that a few...
I have the Honor to transmit to you an Act of Congress of the 5th Inst.; relative to a Proposal from the Secretary of the Polish Order of Knights of Divine Providence; containd in your Excellencys Letter of the 28th August last. I have the Honor to be with the greatest Respect Your Excellencys most Obedt humble Servt ALS , DLC:GW ; LB , DNA:PCC , item 16. Thomas Mifflin (1744–1800), born a...
The departure of the Washington Has Been So Sudden that I Could not get in time on Board the Particular letter which you ought to Have Received—So that My Correspondance Has Been Confined to an official Cincinnati letter, and a Bill of plated wares, which was not By Any means my intention —inclosed I Send you a duplicate of the letter Respecting our Assossiation —Major L’enfant tells me a...
I take the Liberty of Introducing to you Mr Shuttleworth a Gentleman of very ancient Family and Large fortune in England who arrived here in his own Yacht about two months since and proposed to make a kind of maritime tour thro’ America by sailing coastways and up the principal rivers as far as the Water will suffer his vessel to go; His Family in Yorkshire & Lancashire has several members in...
We have recovered the most sensible pleasure on the News of your safe return to Mount Vernon and your anxious family at it is with the Warmest affection & attachment, that rejoice the United Voice of your Country, in Congratulating your & our Mrs Washington on this happy & interesting Event—You must permit me sir—tho’ it may be lost a midst the public Testimonies on this occasion from a...
Letter not found: from James Nourse, 11 Jan. 1784. On 22 Jan. GW wrote to Nourse : “Yesterday gave me the honor of your favor of the 11th.”
I have enclosed to Your Excellency a Copy of a Letter to the President of Congress containing such proposals respecting the publication of Maps from the Surveys we have made during the War As I thought would be the least objectionable—I wish some Additions could be made to them, but as the Expence which would attend them was probably the reason why my first proposals were not accepted I have...
I have the Honour, and the singular pleasure of transmitting, inclosed to your Excellency, copies of your Accots for family expences, Secret Services, and other Contingencies, commencing in June 1775 and ending Decemr 8th 1783, as officially Stated at the Treasury, By which it appears that a balance of Seven hundred and twenty Seven dollars & 7/10 of a dollar Specie, is due by the United...
The many favours I have received from you, emboldens me to take the Liberty to introduce to you Mr Shuttleworth an English Gentleman of Family & Fortune. I remember his Character at Westminster & Oxford, and it was in every respect amiable —He is visiting the Sea ports of America on a party of pleasure in a Vessell of his own, manned & fitted out at his private expence. He is Brother in Law to...
L’armée americaine vient de donner aux troupes francoises, qui ont eu L’honneur de Luy etre associée sous vos ordrès, une marque flateuse de bienveillance et d’estime. C’est a vous Comme a notre Commun général que nous devons temoigner notre reconnoissance, Le regiment d’agénois dont Javois L’honneur detre Colonel en Second pendant Le siege d’yorck y sera particulierement sensible, Ce regiment...
Letter not found: from Richard Varick, 15 Jan. 1784. On 22 Feb. GW wrote to Varick : “The intemperate Season and irregularity of the Post, withheld your letter of the 15th Ulto from me ’till within these few days.”
Letter not found: from Charles Washington, 15 Jan. 1784. On 28 Feb. GW wrote Charles Washington : “Your Letter dated the 15th of January . . . came to my hands last Night.” The letter may have been misdated.
The british Troops being wholly withdrawn from this Place, it only remains to the closing the Business under your Excellency’s Commission to us of the 8th of May Ulti.—that we should report our Proceedings. We presume it will be needless to recapitulate our former Communications, and therefore take the Liberty of referring to our Letters to your Excellency of the 30th of May, 14th and 18th of...
I have received the letter which your Excellency honoured me with, dated the 29th of last October Which Major L’Enfant delivered me. I can not better answer to the honourable invitation that you are willing to make me as well as to the general officers and colonels of the french army auxiliary in America, than by Sending you. 1e. The answer of the marshal De Segur minister of war giving the...
Letter not found: from Boinod & Gaillard, 20 Jan. 1784. On 18 Feb. GW wrote to the firm : “I have been favored with your polite & obliging Letter of January the 20th.”
I have the honor of taking my pen to apologize to your Excellency for my not waiting on you in Virginia at so Early a period as I had stipulated. the Extrime severe weather added to my not having fully Complited some private arrengements which are absolutely necessairy before I take my departure from this City have hitherto prevented a[n]d will for a few days Longer, delay my journey for your...
It was with pleasure I received your communication of the 28 December 1783, appointing the city of Philadelphia to be the place for the general meeting of the society of Cincinnati, on the first monday in may next, agreeably to the original institution. I am convinced, sir, you may rely on the punctual attendance of the delegates of the delaware state society. It was not without mature...
I receivd the Letter which you did me the honor to write me, as well as the institution of the Cincinnatus Society formd by the American Army, I am much flatterd to be comprisd in a military Society the members of which have with So much glory concurrd under the Orders of your Excellency to establish American Liberty, but it gives me great pain to See, that all the General Officers of the Sea,...
As I purpose to do myself the Honour and great pleasure of writing to you soon, by a direct opportunity from hence to Virginia, in answer to the Letter which you did me the honr to write to me the 10th of last August, from the State of New York, this only serves to entreat you will pardon the liberty I take in Introducing to Your Excellency, the Bearer Doctor Ross, who after a long residence...
Le Baron d’angélly qui ma Servi d’aide de camp pendant les campagnes que j’ay faites en amérique desirant tres vivement d’etre aggregé a la Société que préside Votre Exelence, cest avec la plus grande confiance que je la Supplie de vouloir bien luy procurer cet agrément, il étoit colonel attaché au corps de La marinne, L’orsque nous sommes arrivés a newport, m. le cte de barras La employé en...
The language I am acquainted with being in my opinion too poor to do justice to your merrit I shall be silent on that head. The present business is respecting the Dismal, the Company having Shewed the value of those Lands, many are so mean as to wish for what is most undoubtedly their property. During Mr John Washintons mannaging for us he applyed to Mr Cooper the then surveyor to survey the...
Shortly before the Close of the War the House in which I am Connected sent a very large Property to the Havannah which went into the hands of a Merchant at that place. We have long, And with great Anxiety look’d for remittance, but none has Yet Arriv’d And the Silence of the Gentleman on the Subject Adds not a little to our Embarrasment And Apprehensions. The Property is so Extensive And its...
Letter not found: from Wakelin Welch, 26 Jan. 1784. On 27 July 1784 GW wrote to Welch : “Your letter of the 26th of Jany, & duplicate thereof, both coming by the way of James river, were long getting to hand.”
I have been honored with your Excellency’s letter of the 28th Ult. appointing Philadelphia to be the place of meeting for the general society of the Cincinnati. I have since been particular in complying with your Excellency’s request, by making that appointment known to the representatives of the society of this State and by urgeing in the most expressive terms, their punctual attendance. With...
Give me leave my dear Général to intrust you with friendship in one observation Which did not Escape to the regiments that composed our army. They find that the général society has given too much or too little extent to its favour, in granting it to all the Colonels and Stoping to them. I do not ask it for the Lieutenant colonels and majors because it is to the choice or favour that they owe...
In Answer to your Circular Letter of the 28th ulto I have the Honor to inform You that Notice has been communicated to all the Delegates of the Society of this State (except Major Edwards) of the Time and Place which your Excellency has fixed for the general Meeting of the Cincinnati agreeably to the original Institution. It would be very proper that all the Delegates should attend, but I fear...
Letter not found: from Edward Newenham, 30 Jan. 1784. On 10 June GW wrote to Newenham : “I had the honor to receive . . . your favors of the 30th of Jany & 15th of March.”
The letter of december 23d which I have had the honor of receiving from Your Excellency is the most honorable testimony which my serving could have received. My first wish was to approve myself to Your Excellency & in having obtained it my happiness is complete. The Confidence Your Excellency was pleased to place in my integrity & ability Gained me that of the Army & of the United States—Your...
Le Vte De La Bretonniere Capitaine des Vaisseaux du Roy à L’honneur de representer à Votre Excellence, qu’il commandait commandoit La fregatte La Tourterelle En 1779, & 1780, Avec La quelle II à d’abord Escorté Un convoy de Douze Batimens Americains, & plusieurs Batimens francois chargés De Munitions & d’officiers qui arriverent à Boston. Ses ordres Luy prescrivoient de Se rendre directement à...
By the post which arrivd from the Northward yesterday I had the honour to receive under Cover to myself the Letter I now do Myself the pleasure to inclose to you. As we have been for a Considerable time Without a post to or from the Southward I have preferred Sending this Letter to Mount Airy to be forwarded by any Conveyance that May offer from that place by a private hand and if none at...
being intrusted by Grl duportail, the officers of his corps & thoses of the legion with the management of their final settlement of accounts, I came to this place near three weeks ago; my intention was to lay our affairs before Congress, & while they had them under their consideration, to go and pay my respects to your Excellency. I was to that point, when Colonel humphrey told us that you...
Letter not found: from Samuel Vaughan, 5 Feb. 1784. On 8 6 April 1784 GW wrote to Vaughan : “Your favor of the 5th of Feby was long on its way to me.”
The bearer being just setting out for your seat I have detained him, till I could inform you that I have received the letter which you honored me with by Col. Humphreys. The letter enclosed therein for the chev. de Heintz I put under cover to Monsr Rothenbourg banquier a Danzic and sent the same to Mr R. Morris with a request to take the charge of forwarding it by a safe conveyance either with...
I was honored with your Letter dated the 28th December last, and agreeable to your request, communicated the Objects contained therein to the Delegates of our State Society of the Cincinnati—and to obviate a possibility of failure in the communication, requested them to acknowledge the receipt of my Letters by the earliest Opportunity. I have anxiously waited for an Opportunity of contriving...
It is with inexpressible pleasure that we transmit your Excellency the Address of the Legislative body of the State of So. Carolina. We are peculiarly happy, in the Opportunity afforded us, of testifying the high sense we entertain, of the consummate abilities and unparalleled virtue, that you have displayed in a long, and arduous Contest—a Contest! that altho it often placed you, in the most...
Mr Albion Throckmorton a young Gentleman of my Acquaintance purchas’d late last Fall a Lease of one Collet one of your Tenants of about 200 Acres upon Bullskin. Since this Mr Throckmorton to his great Surprize has discoverd that Collet had no right to sell him the Lease, it being against one of the Covenants. As however Mr Throckmorton has paid Collet his Money & enter’d upon the premises &...
I beg leave to offer the enclosed piece to your perusal, requesting your Excellency’s permission to publish the same with a Poem, intitled Winter Display’d your Excellency’s immediate answer on this head will be very acceptable. I flatter myself, your Excellency will not be displeas’d with any commendatory expressions in the enclos’d, as I am confident of their truth, & be assured, sir, that...
here is, my Dear Général, one demand for the order of Cincinnatus of the most remarkable Kind, and which appears to me deserve the attention of the Society, here is inclosed the letter that M. de Lilancourt, before a general commander in St Domingo, has wrote to me upon this Subject. all the facts are exact in it, and you Know perfectly, well as me, how much obligations we owe to him for...
I Am, favor’d with yours, and am very sorry it is not Convenient to you to Accept of the Trust, my Sons took the liberty of offering to you, I wish’d to give you as little trouble as the Nature of the business wou’d admit of. the Chief thing I look’d to, was the Sanction and Honor it wou’d be to my Son Henry to be under your protection. I have for near twenty years had great trouble and...
While applauding millions were offering you their warmest congratulations on the blessings of Peace, and your safe return from the hazards of the Field, We The Mayor & Commonalty of the Corporation of Fredericksburg, were not wanting in Attachment and wishes to have joined in public testimonies of our Warmest gratitude & Affection, for your long and Meritorious Services in the Cause of...
In acknowledging your Letters of the fourth & tenth of last month I must pray you to accept my Thanks for the Expressions of Kindness Contained in them. Mr Wright has promised that your Portrait should speedily be Compleated, but hitherto his Promise is unperformed. Whenever it shall be received I will obey your Orders in the Disposition of it. Your Accounts with the Explanation of them, were...
I had the pleasure of receiving your letter of the 28th of December last, and having had the Honor of being appointed President of the Cincinnati of Rhode Island, I embrace the earliest opportunity of giving you an Answer. General Varnum, Major Lyman, and myself, are in the appointment to attend the annual General meeting of the order. It is not expected more than One will attend the meeting....
I had flattered myself that my Stay in Annapolis would procure me an opportunity of waiting upon Your Excellency, but the roads are so bad and the Snow so deep that I am obliged to renounce to this happiness untill my return to this place, which, I hope, will be towards the middle of next month. I hope then to take hold of the favorable moment, which I have lost in this Season, and to enjoy...