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I am made exceedingly happy, by the receipt of your friendly letter of the 10th inst. which is this moment come to hand; and the young gentleman that brought it, a son of Col. Geo. Morgan’s waits while I write this—It had been sent to Philadelphia, and on my not being there, was returned, agreeable to directions on the outside, to Col. Morgan at Princetown, who forwarded it to this place. I...
Hearing of the promotion lately of Captains Sargent and North, upon the same principles of the French Officers promoted some time past; I have been impelled by a sense of duty to myself, and I hope propriety, to lay before Congress a state of my services, from the commencement of the war, to the present day; in hopes, tho’ unassisted by gilded recommendation, to stand in an equally meritorious...
Bot of Daniel Parker 1 pipe of wine ship’d to Virginia. £24.0.0 Sterlg DLC : Papers of George Washington.
A Resolution which lately passed—and which I have long had at Heart—makes it necessary that I should inform your Excellency that the foreign dispatches last received, and which were referred to a Committee of which I was Chairman, are returned into the Secretary’s Office, and ready for your Excellency’s perusal whenever it suites Your Convenience. With the most perfect Esteem and Respect, I...
A Committee to whom the copy of Genl duportail’s letter of the 16 Inst: addressd to your Excellency; is referd: desire a conference with you upon the Subject of that letter. I you will please to name a time most agreable to you, the committee will be happy to wait upon you in the Congress Chamber. Should half past nine in the morning Suit with your engagements, give me leave to request the...
At the sametime that I again thank your Excellency for offering me part of the Claret which you have at Baltimore, let me once more pray that my acceptance of it may put you to no inconvenience. I should be unhappy if I thought this would be the case. If, on the other hand, you can conveniently spare it, and Colo. Tilghman should be in Baltimore, I could wish to have it put into his care; as...
I have received your Letter of the 4th inst., and shall transmit to the Secretary at War, your acceptance of the Commutation in lieu of half pay. Whatever is necessary to be done for the future settlement of your Accounts, you will be fully informed by applying to the Pay Master General, John Peirce Esqr. who is authorised by Congress to make a final adjustment with the Officers of the Army. I...
By His Excellency G. Washington, Genl & Commander in Chief &c. &c. this may Certify that Lt Colo. Villefranche entered the Service of the United States in 1776, as Captain of the Corps of Engineers, in 1777 was promoted to a Majority, and in May 1783 to a Lieut. Colo in that Corps. From the testimony of Majr Generals Heath, Howe, McDougall and Knox, under whose Orders Lt Colo. Villefranche has...
With this you will receive the letter of your Aunt Lewis, to me. Altho’ I believe the ground she is proceeding upon, has more of the ideal than real advantages, which she expects from it, yet I have no objection to the experiments being made, & pray you to pursue the dictates of her letter, & communicate to me the result as soon as the necessary enquiries are made. Let me beg of you to make...
I was this day in conference with a Commee of Congress upon the subject of your letter to me of the 16th Instt—they discovered every disposition to relieve the the Gentln of your departmt from the state of uncertainty in wch they are at prest, but wished previous to their making a report to Congress to obtain your Sentiments more in detail upon a proper Peace establishment for the Engineering...
Congress by a Resolve of this date, have directed me to dispose of the Regiment which remains at Philadelphia in any manner I shall see fit. As the business which required the Presence of Troops at Philadelphia is accomplished & the proceedings approved and acted upon by Congress, I am to desire that all the Troops at that place who are able to March may commence it immediately for West point....
The favorable Sentiments expressed in your private letter of the 17th Inst., and which you say are felt by the Officers in general on the late honor confered upon me by Congress, cannot fail of adding greatly to my sensibility on the occasion. It always has, and I trust ever will be, the most pleasing reflection of my life that in a contest so important, so long, & so arduous, accompanied with...
The Count del Vermé who will present this letter to you, is an Italian Nobleman of distinction; on his Travels thro’ America. He comes highly recommended by our Ministers at the Court of France, and from the opportunities I have had to form an opinion of him, is very deserving of attention. I take the liberty therefore of recommending him to your Civilities, and the Civilities of your...
I have the honor to enclose the return of the troops, to the 20th instant, and am, with the greatest respect, Your Excellency’s most obedient servant, DLC : Papers of George Washington.
The Gentleman who will present this Letter to you, is the Count Del Vermé an Italian Nobleman on his travels thro’ America—he is recommended by our Ministers at the Court of Versailles, and as far as I have been able to form a judgment of him, is highly worthy of attention—I take the liberty therefore of recommending him to your civilities, and to those of your acquaintance. & to assure you of...
I have the honor of enclosing to your Excellency several Acts of Congress relative to the Army, dated the 23d & 24 Instt. I have the honor to be with the greatest Respect Your Excellency’s Most Obed. & Hble Servt DLC : Papers of George Washington.
Your Letter of the 11th Instant care duly to hand—as I am sorry that the conduct of the Officer commandg at Oswego put you to the inconveniences you mention. I expect Governor Clinton here in the course of a few days when I shall confer with him on what is further necessary to be done in this affair—I am. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
Previous to your Excellency’s favour this moment receiv’d the troops were under orders to march for Tomorrow . some papers which ought to have been sent me were omitted to be transmitted, & I sh’d not get them until saturday by Mr Jackson. The subsistance money for the next month was requisit ioned to the movement of the officers, they receiv’d it last Evening & requir’d this day to settle...
I have perused the Report & Proclamation which you were pleased to put into my hands for consideration; and think an alteration in the first, and a consequent one in the other, indispensably necessary; Because as the Report now stands, it is not broad enough to comprehend the several cases which exist—for the Troops of the Southern Army were furloughed by General Green, whilst those, which lay...
A few days since Major Fishbourn, Aid de Camp to General Wayne, presented to me your letter of the 29th of May from Belfast in Georgia. Some years ago I had the honor to receive other letters from you on the same subject one of which dated at the same place, I embraced the earliest opportunity of answering, but suppose it never got to hand as your last is written under the same mistake as the...
I have had the pleasure to receive your Letter of the 17 Instant. Your arrangements—in discharging the Invalids and contracting your deposits of Stores meet my fullest approbation—the former especially, not only seconds my views, but those of Congress, whose wish it is, to diminish our force to the number only which may be absolutely necessary—and this I think may be estimated at 3000 Men—A...
I have the honour to advise you that a few days previous my leaving Ireland Mrs Margaret Savage was deceased, a very disagreable Situation from want of those in Life which from she appeared to have a possessed; during her Indisposition She made her Will distributing a Sum of Money, which She intimated was her right in America, part of which is therein disposed of to yourself, with the...
I have had the honor to Receive Your Excellencys Letter of Yesterday with the Resolves of Congress inclosed—which I shall with great pleasure communicate to Genl Howe and the troops who were under his command. I have the honor to be &c. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I am this far on my way to the Northward and should have had the happiness of seeing you before this but have been sick with a fever at Alexandria. I dined at Mount Vernon and went to Alexandria in the Evening and that night was taken with a fever which lasted me nine days. For six days I had no intermission and but little remission. My fever is gone but has left me exceeding weak. While it...
I feel great pleasure in communicating to you the inclosed Resolves of Congress, approving your conduct in the execution of the service on which you have been employed: as well as that of the Troops who were under your Orders. As great part of these Troops have already Returned to West Point, I transmitted the Resolves of Congress to Major General Knox, in a letter of which the inclosed is...
I am happy in transmitting to you the inclosed Resolves of Congress,which I must desire you to publish to the Army and to assure General Howe and the Detachment who were under his Command, of the pleasure it gives me to communicate to them this public testimony of the approbation of Congress. I am Dear sir Your most Obedt Servt MHi : Henry Knox Papers.
General Lincoln was pleased to recomend me to Congress. and requested them to promote me to the Ranck of Brygadier General, which by the date of the Commission I hold he thought I was intitled to Long ago. Your Excellency will forgive me the Liberty I take in troubling you in this affaire—Unacquiented as Congress may be of my Services—by the different promotions already granted to many Made me...
I congratulate your Excellency on the happy return of peace, which bring with it I hope a final respite from all your fatigues—As well as participate with You in the pleasing Enjoyment of the sweets of Liberty, Which now is secured not only to ourselves, but to posterity—The great object now before us to Complete our mutual and lasting tranquility in the discharge of public debts—Which I make...
The Independence of the United States of America being now established & their attention called to the internal arrangements, I beg leave to suggest to Your Excellency that the best means of forming a manly, virtuous & happy people will be found to be the right education of youth. For this purpose I beg your Excellency will do me the honour to accept of this copy of my Treatise on Education,...
As I shall probably leave Town this day, let me beg of your Excellency to accept of my most affectionate thanks for the sentiments of friendly regard which you have been kind enough to express in your letter of the 11th inst. Should any further Communications to me, be necessary from Hd Qrs, in Consequence of my late letter, they will find me if intrusted to the Care of Mr L’Homedieu Member of...
When I went to princeton in order to pay my respects to your Excellency I requested your permission to place the legion in the line of penslvania—I was induced to take that step from the idea which many gentlemen in the assembly of that state, told me the assembly in General entertained respecting the legion & the advantage it would result to them from having that Corps into their at the same...
Supposing the necessary number of Troops to be kept up during the Winter it will be necessary to make some provision to supply their wants of Cloathing. That this may not be delayed I am to request you to call for Returns of such Articles as will be absolutely necessary and to forward me a general Return thereof as soon as possible. I am Dear sir Your very Obed. servant MHi : Henry Knox Papers.
Your Letter of the 21 of this Month with its inclosure reached me a few days since. No application has been made to me on the subject of your Memorial to Congress—nor had I any knowledge of it until I received your Letter; and should I be referred to on the subject I must candidly inform you I cannot give the measure the support you wish. Except on very extraordinary occasions, where it had...
I beg leave to state to Your Excellency, and through you to the Honorable Congress, That the unavoidable expences arising from the command of this post and its dependencies have greatly exceeded any emoluments of office arising from my rank in the Army—and that, in order to support my station with some propriety, so as not to reflect disgrace upon the public rank I sustain, I have been obliged...
I take the liberty to inclose here a Copy of a petition of some of the officers of the army to Congress, & request the permission to make some remarks on the difference betwixt my proposal & their demand. they do not mention positively that any of them shall go & settle on the lands Granted by Congress, nor do they intimate that a body or several body of them wishes to go & settle in Company...
according to the demand of the Committee I have the honour to send to your excellency my ideas about the establishment of my department. I wish I may be so happy as to meet with your own—I had a peculiar attention not to say any thing more than what is necessary—to take a determination upon the matter without defending to particulars which should have fuelled the memorial without any advantage...
As I flatter myself I may indulge a consciousness that my services have been of some value to the public, at least enough to merit the small compensation I wish, I will make no apology to your Excellency for conveying through you that wish to Congress. You are able to inform them if they wish information, in what degree I may have been useful— and I have entire confidence that you will do me...
Jetzo habe die Ehre Ir Excellenz meinen geringen Persohn den Nahmen nach, Bekandt zu machen; mir, dasβSie es nicht mit gleichgültigen Augen werde ansehen. bEin liegenden brief habe ich von Ir hoch: v: Bricsen aus der stadt Aurich (im fürstenthum Ostfriesland) erhalten, welche mir ersucht hat, selbiger an Ir Excellenz besorgern zu lassen. Nach mich in dero gewogenheit unterthänig habe...
Receivd of Daniel Parker & Co. By the Hand of Mr Joseph Skelton five Hundred & forteen & 1/2 Lbs. of Beef; Eight Hundrd & Sixty three & 1/2 Lbs. of Bread thirty Eight & 3/4 Lbs. of Soap one Hundred and ten Lbs. of Candles for the Use of His Excellency General Washingtons Famely in the Present Month of Sepr. NHi : Bezaleel Howe Papers.
l. The Period being fixed for the dismission of the Army—it will be necessary to adjust the accounts of the Officers and Soldiers from the 1st of January 1783 to that Period. 2. As that Period will be more or less retarded as well to give time for the settlement of accounts as to make other necessary arrangements—The Officers and Soldiers shall receive their Pay, Rations and every other...
I have been honored with your favor of Yesterday—As you think the Petition of the Officers (dated the 16th of June for Lands within a certain district therein described Northwest of the Ohio) has a different tendency to that which you propose for your Legion—As your views—my ideas—and the Sentimts of Congress may all differ. and Moreover as it would give me great pain to think that a previous...
I have had the honor to Receive your Letter of the 27 July and the Discourse which accompanied it and I beg you Sir to accept my thanks as well for this mark of your attention as for the pleasure I have Received from the perusal of your performance. The interest you take in the future happiness of this Republic—claims the gratitude of every American—and I am persuaded that all, to whom your...
A few days since I had the honor to recieve your Letter of the 19th April last, with the Ode which accompanied it. The glorious Acts of Louis XVI is a theme so agreable to every true American—that you will easily conceive the pleasure I received from the perusal of your Elegant little Ode on that subject. I beg you, Sir, to be persuaded, how sensible I am of this mark of your Regard, and of...
I am unable to express the sense I have of your kindness, in the instance of your writing to General Lincoln, on the 6th of last June respecting an extra allowance from the Publick, as head of the ordnance, and during the time I have been in the command of these posts. Your letter to him, was so full, and complete, that I did not think another word, would have been necessary to have obtained...
A few days since I had the honor to Receive your Letter of the 8 Septr inclosing a Packet from Monsr De L’amoligniere. You will please, Sir, to accept my thank’s for the trouble you have had and to add to the favor by forwarding the inclosed answer to that Gentlemans letter. I am Sir Your very humble Servant. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
Since my last I have Re ceive d two of your Letters the 13th and 20th of Septmbr. I did not write by the last Post because I did not return in time from visiting your Tenants, I have not been able to Collect one shillg from them your Tenaments over the Ridge are clever and in good order with Fine Crops growing on them, White in gs excepted and that I think has the appearance of decay the...
I have this morning presented a petition to the hble the Congress requesting them to grant to the legion lands on the Northwest side of ohio agreeable & in a proportion to what they have promissed to their army in général a Committee of three has been appointed on that affair but do cto r willamson who is one of them having told me that it could not be taken in to Consideration before some...
On the 20th of last month, I wrote you a few lines, & send therewith Eight hundred Dollars in Bank Notes, which (tho’ I have heard nothing from you since) I hope got safe to hand. Such articles of the Linen kind as yet remain unpurchased (of the Invoice transmitted to you the 15th of May last) I wish to have postponed ’till Mrs Washington comes to Philada, which will be in a few days, that she...
I do myself the honor to transmit your Excellency the Copy of a Letter I have received from Colonel Kosciusko on the subject of his promotion. The general promotion now before Congress, should it take place, would have included him—but this does not seem to be his wish—as a Foreigner I suppose a particular promotion would be more consonant to his views and interest—and from my knowledge of his...
By some bad arrangement of the post, which has been detained two days upon the road, I did not receive your excellencys dispatches of the 23, and 25 ultimo untill last night. I will attend to your directions to discharge the invalids and those whose times of service will shortly expire. If 3000 men or any number near it, should be absolutely necessary for a considerable part, or the whole of...