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Bergen County [ New Jersey ] July 14, 1780 . Informs Congress of arrival of the French fleet off Newport. Encloses plan for inspector general’s department. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. A draft of this plan in H’s writing dated July, 1780, is found in the Washington Papers, Library of Congress. According to Fitzpatrick ( GW John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The...
Colo. Bland being about to retire from his Command at the Barracks in Albemarle, and desirous to withdraw at the same time the party of his horse which has hitherto been Stationed there, wished that we should supply their place by sending thither about twenty or five and twenty of the horse of this State. Our horse being as yet not very well trained, the Officers represented that it woud much...
I have been honored with your Excellency’s dispatch of the 24th inclosing two acts of Congress of the 23d and 24th instant. Since the information transmitted Congress of the sailing of a fleet with troops from New-York, I have received accounts which though not as decisive as some I expect, yet I have reason to believe will not fall short of the number detatched. As the intelligence stands,...
Some time in June I received from Mr. Jay a letter desiring I would have evidence collected on the subject of some Frenchmen who were said to have been murdered in cold blood by the English during their invasion of this commonwealth in the Spring. Several disappointments have retarded this matter much more than I could have wished, tho’ we have paid repeated attention to it. I now do myself...
Major General Baron De Steuben has signified to me his wish to go to Philadelphia to obtain some determination on his department, which for want of a proper establishment is in confusion—I cannot suffer him to depart, without adding new testimonies of his exertions and usefulness in the course of the last campaign; and begging that his business may receive the earliest attention. If Congress...
I forward to your Excellency, under cover with this, copies of letters recieved from Major General Greene and Baron Steuben which will give you the latest state of the situation of things with us and in North-Carolina. [I observe a late resolve of Congress for furnishing a number of arms to the Southern States; and I lately wrote you on the subject of ammunition and cartridge-paper. How much...
I have received your Excellency’s favors of the 16th and 24th ulto with the several Resolves to which they refer. The first came to hand while I was absent on my journey to Harford. I most sincerely wish that the measures which have been adopted, for procuring a supply of fresh and salt Meat, may prove effectual. Congress will perceive by the inclosed, which is the Copy of a representation...
On receipt of the resolutions of Congress of June 19, for procuring Horses to remount Whites and Washingtons cavalry we laid the same before the assembly and were authorized by them to engage the state for payment. We thereon sent out powers to the different counties to purchase 160 Horses which were properly described in addition to 83, the purchase of which we had before authorized. That...
The Letters and papers accompanying this will inform your Excellency of the arrival of a British flag vessel with clothing, refreshments, money &c. for their prisoners under the Convention of Saratoga. The Gentlemen conducting them have, on Supposition that the prisoners, or a part of them still remained in this State, applied to me by Letters, copies of which I transmit your Excellency, for...
I have had the pleasure of a communication from Comte de Rochambeau and Chevalier Ternay, since their arrival at Rhode Island, and take the earliest occasion to inform Congress of their force and situation. The succour destined for these States, for particular reasons, were thrown into two divisions. The first (that arrived) consists of 7 Sail of the line, and one of 64, converted into a...
Colo. Sherburne I expect will have the honor of presenting this Letter to your Excellency. This Gentleman entered into the Army at the beginning of the War and from that time to this has served his Country as a brave & good Officer. His conduct in attempting to relieve the post at the Cedars in 1776 was distinguished, and will be recollected by Congress. In the beginning of 1777 from the...
I had the honor of receiving your favor of the 25th ulto on my way to this place from Morris Town. A Feild Officer of Artillery shall be sent to Carlisle to superintend the Elaboratory agreeable to the directions of Congress. Under the powers with which Congress were pleased to vest me by their Resolve of the 7th of November, I made the proposition (No. 1) to Sir Henry Clinton, to which I have...
Since I had the honor of addressing your Excellency last, I have received a letter from a confidential Correspondent in New York who informs me that the 57th Regt Rawdons Corps and a detachment of Artillery were to sail for Hallifax on the 29th ulto and that they were to be accompanied by all the heavy ships of War except the Europa. The Daphne Frigate was to sail for England at the same time....
I have the Honor to acknowledge the receipt of Your Excellency’s Favors of the 14th & 19th Instant the latter covering the latest accounts you had received from the Southward. I have just received authentic advice from the Enemy, by which their whole Army under General Clinton was said to be at James Island the 4th of this month and about to take possession of Stono-ferry. The account comes...
I have just received intelligence which though from a private hand , I beleive is to be relied on, that a fleet of the enemy’s ships have entered Cape Fear river, that eight of them had got over the Bar and many others were laying off; that it was supposed to be a reinforcement to Ld. Cornwallis under the command of Genl. Prevost. This account which had come through another channel is...
I was yesterday honored with your Excellency’s favor of the 21st. General Greenes letter so strongly points out the increasing danger to the Southern States, and the detachment of the pennsylvania Line to their succour makes such an alteration in our prospects here, that different dispositions, from those originally intended, are become adviseable. On this principle, I beg leave to suggest to...
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...
LS , transcript, and press copy: National Archives; AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress; copy: New York Public Library I have lately done myself the honour of writing largely to your Excellency by divers Conveyances, to which I beg leave to refer. This is chiefly to cover the Copy of a Letter I have just received from the Minister, relative to the Disposition of the late Loans; by which...
[ Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, October 19, 1779. On October 27, 1779, Huntington wrote to Louis Le Bèque Du Portail and Hamilton acknowledging the receipt of a “letter … from Colo Hamilton of the 19th instant.” Letter not found. ] Huntington, a resident of Connecticut and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was a member of the Continental Congress from 1776 to 1784 and President of...
The Committee has done me the honor to communicate a copy of their letter of the 18th to Congress containing a state of the measures they had taken & of our present prospects. The knowledge I have of facts perfectly coincides with their representation & the consequences they draw are so just and important that they ought to engage—& I am perswaded will engage the closest attention of Congress....
I was duly honored with your Excellency’s letter of the 12th and shall properly attend to its important contents. I hope the measures I had previously taken relative to the exchange of prisoners, announced in my letter of the 7th will not be disagreeable to Congress; they were founded on an opinion I had constantly entertained that it was our interest to extend the exchange of officers as far...
A large packet directed to the President of Congress with other dispatches for the Chevalier de la Luzerne and others, coming to my hands two days ago, I thought it proper to forward them to you by express. He should have set out yesterday but it was too tempestuous. I have the honor to be with all possible respect Your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble servt., RC ( DLC : PCC , No. 71,...
I herewith transmit Your Excellency the proceedings & sentence of the General Court Martial in the case of Major General Arnold for the approbation or disapprobation of Congress. The proceedings will be found in two packets committed to the care of Major Gibbs. I also think it my duty to inclose Your Excellency the Copy of a Letter of the [ ] Instant, from the Quarter Master General on the...
The Honorable The Committee address Congress by this opportunity to inform them of the most disagreeable crisis to which our affairs are brought in the Quarter Master Generals department. I think it my duty to assure Congress, that I intirely agree with the Committee in opinion; and that unless effectual measures are immediately taken to induce General Greene and the other principal officers...
I have the Honor to acknowlege the Receipt of your Excellency’s Favor of the 15th of this Month—with its several Enclosures. By Dispatches from the Count De Rochambeau, dated Providence the 15th instt—I am informed, that he would leave that Place on the 18th with the first Regiment of his Troops—and that the others would follow by Regiments on the next suceedg Days, untill the whole would be...
I have been successively honoured with your Excellency’s dispatches of the 12th 13th & 16th and shall duly attend to the contents. Your Excellency, probably by this time, has heard of the Revolt of the Jersey Troops in imitation of the Pensylvania line. Advice that this had been the case with a part of them, with an expectation of its becoming general, reached me the night before last—their...
ALS : National Archives, American Philosophical Society; transcript: National Archives Enclos’d are Copies of a Number of Publick Letters taken from the English in a late New York Pacquet, of which I have already sent Duplicates by several Conveyances. I have the honour to be, with great Respect, Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Servant Notation: Letter May 3. 1781 Doctr. Franklin Recd....
I have been duly honored with your Excellency’s favor of the 17th, and that of the 29th of last month. The memorial of the officers Steddiford and Becker, shall have due consideration. The repeated approbation of Congress, in their act of the 27th Ulto, cannot but give me the most sensible pleasure. Since Governor Clinton’s letter, which I inclosed your Ex[c]ellency in mine of the 30th of...
The want of intelligence of the Southern movements of the enemy, and the anxieties we have felt on that account, cannot have been less experienced by Congress. Having just now received a state of things as they are at present in that quarter, from Governor Nash, and from Colo. Monroe (the gentleman whom in a former letter I had informed Congress I had sent to hang as near as he could about the...
Upon an application similar to the inclosed, I did not look upon myself at liberty to grant the request, as the furlough was to extend beyond the limits of the United States. I therefore referred Capt. Stoddard, the former applicant, to Congress. They were pleased to grant his petition, and from the recommendation I have had of Capt. Lieut. Vandyke, I would beg leave to request a similar...