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His Excellency wishes for the pleasure of your Company at dinner to day, if you are not particularly engaged. The General Officers are expected at Head Quarters, and if there should be time, His Excellency proposes laying before those who were at York Town some Matters, on which he also wishes to take your sentiment—I have the honor to be Sir Your Most Obed. Servt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
I send you the dispatches for Millet—There are among them two letters—one for Morris Town and one for Baskenridge which he is to deliver—they are of consequence and therefore be pleased to give him a charge respecting them. His Excellency only wishes to have four more Boats upon Carriages, If you can have them mounted from those upon the North River—the remainder may be all sent up above the...
It is His Excellency’s wish that you should if possible accommodate Lieut. Scudder who is lately returned from Canada with a Horse to go to his home near Elizabeth Town. I am Yr most obt Servt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
If Colo. Pickering returns this Evening be pleased to let him know that the General wishes him to accompany him to West Point tomorrow Morning on business of consequence. he must be here by 8 oClock. Yrs DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
The Officers of the day Report a defficency of Camp Kettles—Straw also is much wanting. The Commander in Chief wishes to know—whether the want of kettles arises from their want of Care or whether a proper allowance has not been issued what the allowance is and how long a Kettle is to last & if any on hand . Also if any Measures are taken to procure Straw. I am Dr Sir Your very Obed. Servt DNA...
Wilmington [ Delaware ] August 29, 1777. Sends extract from General Orders of June 18, 1777, stating that “Timothy Pickering Esquire is appointed Adjutant General in the Armies of the United States of America.” ADS , Pickering Foundation, Salem, Massachusetts. Before his appointment as adjutant general, Timothy Pickering had served as colonel of a Massachusetts militia regiment.
The Commander in Chief requests you to comply, as near as possible, with the inclosed Instructions, & put them in execution as soon as the circumstances of your Department will possibly admit; as he is very anxious that the Army should remove from their present station—I am Sir Your Most Humble Servant DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
The General requests to know what materials you have for making litters, or whether you have any ready made—a number will be instantly wanted for the service of the trenches. Yours &c. DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
Duke Lauzun has just arrived here with dispatches which are to be forwarded to Philada but they are too important to be trusted to a common hand. His Excellency wishes you to send one of your department with them. They will be ready by day break if the person calls so soon. I am Dear Sir Yr most obt Servt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
You will be pleased to have the Flat Boats which are in James River mounted upon Carriages as expeditiously as possible and brought in the first instance into the old Field in front of Head Quarters, where they may remain upon their Carriages till wanted—As soon as they arrive you will apply to the Adjt Genl for a subalterns Guard for them. I am sir Yr most obt servt. You will have the Boats...
In the absence of Colonel Hamilton, His Excellency opened your Letter of this day, and directs me to request you will have Carriages prepared to transport the two Boats you mention—but that you will not send for them until you receive further Orders from him. I am with great esteem Your Most Obed. Servt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
The Commander in Chief requests you to provide Hospitals for the British Sick & wounded agreeable to the Articles of Capitulation; the Houses of York & Gloucester must be taken up for that purpose, those of them at least, that can be best spared. Doctr Craik or some of the Surgeons to consult with you on the subject. I am Your Most Humble Servant DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
The General approves of your allowing a ration ⅌ individual to the Capt and crews of the dismissed craft not to the families, to be charged as you mention in a settlement of accounts. He thinks the middle of May will be the proper period for rendezvousing the ox-teams for the next campaign. Yrs with sincere regard DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
I have to acquaint you that I propose leaving town on Wednesday or Thursday next, & as I would wish to have you at the Army as soon as you have made the necessary arrangements for your department, I must desire you to acquaint me when you think you will be able to follow me. I am Sir, &c. MHi : Papers of George Washington.
A nNumber of Batteaux will be wanting to transport the necessary provisions and Stores to the Garrisons which may be kept on the Western Waters . I must therefore desire that you will retain all such as are suitable for that purpose and have them put into repair. I am Sir Your very Obedient humble Servant P.S. They need be put in no other repair than what is necessary to transport them to...
Colo. pickering will be pleased to make the appointment and send it to His Excellency who will forward it to Count de Rochambeau. DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
I am directed by The General to inform you in confidence, that the army will march from its present groundas soon as the weather permits—You will make your arrangements accordingly—When the weather clears, if you will call at Head Quarters, you will be informed of the particular disposition. I am Dr Sir Yr Obed. Serv. NN : Emmet Collection.
His Excellency does not apprehend any danger from the Enemy who have lately made their appearance upon Delaware, as the force of the Country and a detachment of the York Levies are opposed to them. But lest a lurking party of disaffected may injure so valuable a deposit as the present, His Excellency has desired me to send you the inclosed order to Colo. Dayton, which you will forward by the...
The Jersey Brigade will be ordered to Kings-ferry to receive the Waggons of the Mas sachuset ts Troops, without any detention of the latter. No Troops about Hd Qr except the Guard & the Artillery Regiments in the vicinity of New Windsor. The light Infantry of the Jersey line will take charge of the Boats. The Massachusetts Brigades will be a t the Posts in the Highlands—West side. The...
The additional boats must take the same route with the others; when they arrive they must be muffled. The impress if possible ought to be deferred ’till after the point of execution. But if you pass by to day and will call in, we can best speak of this. ALS , RG 93, Miscellaneous Records, National Archives. These boats were being assembled for the projected attack described in Pickering to H,...
The Marquis expects a letter here which he has left his servant to bring him to Smiths Clove, with some little articles. His servant has no horse. Will you be so good as to furnish him with one? If you have none at hand, please to have one impressed. The horse will return tomorrow. Yr. humble servant ALS , Pierpont Morgan Library, New York City.
The General wishes for a duplicate of the inclosed to send with the Estimates Genl Knox’s Estimates not being arrived—if Mr Lloyd goes—an Express must be held in Readiness to go with the dispatches. Yr Very humble DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
His Excellency directs me to inform you, that the Count de Rochambeau with his Army will arrive at Hav e rstraw in a few Days—when it will be necessary that he should receive some Assistance from our Boats & Craft in Crossing. He gives this Information that the previous Arrangements may be attended to in Season. I am sir Your Most hule Sert DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
His Excellency thinks it will not be necessary under the present state of affairs to advertize for Garden Seeds—Should it become requisite, intimation will be given. I have the honor to be With great respect Your Most Obedt Servt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
In the absence of the paymaster General, The General requested that you would take possession of the british Military Chest—Major Ross of Ld Cornwallis’s family informs me that the Chest remains intact—and that no one as yet, has demanded it. You will be so good as to give immediate orders for the reception & security of it—Your &c. DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
The General requests you will immediately take the necessary steps to alter the route of the Express riders, instead of its being continued thro’ Richmond, they must pass from the Boling Greene to Todds Bridge & cross at Ruffins ferry. I am Sir Yours &c. DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
[ Preakness, New Jersey ] November 22, 1780 . Sends instructions for preparation of boats for the attack. Df , in writings of Tench Tilghman and H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Pay from the British Military Chest in your Care One hundred and fifty Pounds Lawful Money to Brigadier General Knox of the Artillery, for the Use of his Department and for which he is to be held Accountable. Given at Head Quarters this 2 November 1781. MHi : Henry Knox Papers.
His Excellency being informed that the Oars are arrived, directs that a Distribution of them may be made Tomorrow without fail—as the Troops must move on Saturday. I am sir Your Most Obedt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
It is of the utmost importance to the Service, that Gentlemen who are acting at the heads of departments should at this present period be with the troops. You will please therefore upon the receipt of this to join them with all possible dispatch. I am Sir with Esteem Yours &ca DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
His Excellency requests you will be pleased to send an Express to the Marquis LaFayettes Quar. early tomorrow Morning to go to Kings Ferry—If Lt Col. Smith of the Light Infantry goes, he will carry the Letters, and the Express will be unnecessary. I am Sir Your Most Obedt Servt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
It is the Order of the Commander in Chief, that you furnish Hospital Tents & other Articles for the Accomodation of the Sick in the Field, agreeably to the Requisition of the Chief Physician of the Army. I am Sir Your Most Hble Servt DLC : Papers of George Washington.
New Windsor [ New York ] February 14, 1781 . Is going to Rhode Island. States that command of the Army will devolve on Major General William Heath. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Whereas I have ordered a detachment of the army to march from Peeks-kill on the 19th instant on a service which may often not admit of the delay resulting from an observance of the usual forms for procuring teams and forage on the route—You are hereby authorised, by yourself or deputy (whenever it may be necessary) to procure those articles by military impress in the Country, through which the...
Upon a presumption that the Hospital at New Windsor will be continued there the ensuing Winter, His Excellency desires you will take measures for having the Buildings put in proper repair and for laying in a stock of Fire wood. I am yr most obt and hble servt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
His Excellency has given no particular orders for any surveying just at this time and therefore if it is not a peice of Work which Mr De Wit thinks indispensably necessary he had better delay it. The Old money in the Chest when brought down by the scale of depreciation amounts in a manner to nothing and is wanted for continjent Expences just at this time. I am yr most obt Servt DNA : RG...
New Windsor [ New York ] February 15, 1781 . Has ordered light troops to prepare to march to Morristown. Instructs Pickering to have wagons ready for troops. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
New Windsor [ New York ] January 1, 1781 . Instructs Pickering to set up plan for replacement of lost military articles, to provide the necessary “provision of tents, camp kettles and other articles for the next campaign,” and to check into behavior of the corps of artificers. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. This letter is misdated, as H did not return to...
His Excellency desires you may immediately send an intelligent person to examine the present state of the roads & Bridges from hence to Pompton Plains & from the yellow house in pompton, to the little falls of Passaick, by Ogdens Iron works, crossing the Passaick by the two bridges at the forks, & make report to him as soon as may be, at the same he wishes to be informed if the road which...
The present season being very favorable to the transportation of Logs for raffts to support the Chain—the General wishes attention may be paid to this Matter. I am Dear Sir Your Most Obedt Humble Servant DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
I received on my way from Philadelphia your favor of the 23d of March respecting the allowance of Servants to Officers in Your Department; I have taken the earliest opportunity of communicating to the Secretary at War my sentiments on the subject, and am with great regard Sir Your Most Obedt Servant DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
The General is decidedly of opinion one Guide will be sufficient to be retained in service on the Lines. I have the honor to be Sir Your Most Obedt Servt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
There appear to be a number of Men belonging to the 1st New York Regt who wish to go to Albany with their families, & who have no means of conveyance—if it is practicable to furnish them with a Batteaux, which can be returned to such place as you shall direct—or to give them a passage in any other way His Excellency desires it may be done. I am Sir Your Most Obed. Servt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript...
The General desires that you would forthwith order the flat bottomed boats in your possession to be transported to the most convenient launching place near York—to be delivered to the order of Monsieur de Martelli Commandg the Experiment. DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
I enclose to you the Extract of a Letter from Major General Heath, of this day; and must again request, that the most vigorous and energetic Measures may be pursued for the transportation of Provisions to relieve the Garrison & the Army from the horrors of impending famine, & me from the incessant complaints and perplexities which are occasioned by our present disagreeable circumstances. I am...
The Commandr in Chief desires that you will procure immediately two hundred & fifty Boards—agreeable to an Estimate handed to you by Colo. Govion. I am Sir Your most Obed. DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
Your Letter of Report of this Day is received—The General directs me to inform you that the Vessell you mention to have a small Quantity of Provisions on Board from Rhode Island—should by all Means be unloaded—& made use of for Necessary Purposes—or returned without Delay. I am D. Sir Your most hume Servt DNA : RG 93—Manuscript File.
The Comr in Chief directs me to inform you that, the Remains of Genl Hazens Regiment, after discharging such of the War Men as are willing to take furloughs will be ordered to this Cantonment—their Numbers are uncertain, but will probably be for three to four Hundred—You will therefore be pleased to make a proper disposition of the Hutts necessary to cover them. I am Sir Your most Obed. Ser....
The Boats are not under present circumstances to go to the Notch till tomorrow as you will see by the letter herewith. ALS , RG 93, Miscellaneous Records, National Archives. These boats were being assembled for the projected attack described in Pickering to H, November 6, 1780, note 1 .
General Washington presents his Compliments to Colonel Pickering, and requests the favor of his Company at dinner to day—The Duke de Lauzun will dine at Head Quarters. MHi : Timothy Pickering Papers.