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You are immediately to proceed to West Point and communicate the business committed to you, in confidence to Majr Genl Heath, and to no other person whatsoever—from thence you will repair to the Detachmt at the White Plains, on friday next, taking Measures to prevent their leaving that place, before you get to them. and in the course of the succeeding Night you may inform the Commanding...
[ Totowa, New Jersey ] November 24, 1780 . Announces relinquishment of projected attack. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Humphreys was an aide-de-camp to Washington.
Some intelligence having been received from New York unfavourable to the project I had in contemplation I have relinquished it and am to desire the detachment under General Stark will discontinue its co-operation, and take such measures as are necessary for its security and for making the forage originally intended. I am, with great regard Yr Obedient Servant DLC : Papers of George Washington.
You will take command of such of the Detachments of Water Guards, now on the River, as you may think necessary, and with them attempt to surprize & bring off, Genl Knyphausen from Morris’s House on York Island, or Sir Henry Clinton from Kennedys House in the City; if from the Tide, Weather, & other Circumstances you shall judge the Enterprize to be practicable. In the execution of it, you will...
The Justice of this precinct having on the former occasion impressed about the number of horses required in this, I wrote to him in the morning (the moment I had given the necessary orders for arranging the cloathing to West Point) urgently requesting him to turn out the same horses immediately as they had been prepared and appraised, tho’ they performed no service. In the forenoon I sent to...
His Excellency’s Application to the Justices of Ulster & Orange has been presented, accompanied with a Letter from me containing a Detail of Teams each should furnish. You have enclosed Copies of their several Answers. Tis true that some of them had previously been called upon for Teams which I did not know: tho’ the numbers were so small as not interfere materially with the last Call. Out of...
Between the 5th & 13th inst. were loaded at Ringwood fifteen double teams & twenty nine single teams, with 124 barrels of flour 1 barrel of biscuit 33 barrels of beans 2 hogsheads of salt 6 tierces of ditto 23 barrels—do– according to the report of Mr Skidmore the deputy waggon master, who saw them loaded. On his return hither the 14th inst. he met 17 more single teams on their way to Ringwood...
There are no Cattle yet arrived, when they come none shall be distributed before I receive His Excellencys instructions. The pork shall be reserved about forty Barrells are now on hand, I Can expect twenty bbls more from West point this day, which will be also laid by, for special Occasions. I wait impatiently for a messenger for Fish Kill, by him expect to hear something about Cattle; The...
On hand fit for service—soldiers tents 35. wall tents 6 Expected daily from Connecticut 300. very old tents at Morristown repairing, probably will be rendered serviceable 80. As Colo. Hatch is disappointed in his expectations of exchanging heavy for light duck, on notice of it, July 27th I immediately desired him to make up into tents all the Russia duck that was tolerably light. This may...
I received yours of the 22d of November by Captn Sergeant and am obliged by the trouble which you took in securing Quarters for me—It is very uncertain when I shall have occasion to use them, as I am detained here at the request of Congress to assist in the arrangements which are making for the next Campaign. As to the plan which you propose, I will only say just now, that there are not the...